This is a recording of a presentation with the title “Women in ISIS: Victims or Perpetrators?” given by Jennifer Philippa Eggert on Friday 4 March 2016 at the University of Warwick. It also includes her discussion with the audience.
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The case of Western women joining the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) has garnered considerable media attention, both in the UK and abroad, since the summer of 2014. In the last one and a half years, dozens of British women have left the UK to join ISIS in Syria. Some have travelled with their husbands or families, while others made the journey on their own.
In this event, hosted by the newly founded United Nations Association Coventry Branch, Doctoral Research Fellow Jennifer Philippa Eggert will share findings from her research and shed light on the phenomenon of women in ISIS. She will address issues such as:
– Why do young British women decide to leave their homes and join a terrorist group in a war zone?
– What are their motivations and expectations?
– Once with ISIS, what are their roles within the organisation?
– Why have ISIS decided to encourage women to join them from abroad?
– What can we do to prevent more women joining ISIS?
This will be followed by a discussion in which the audience’s questions will guide a dialogue with the speaker.
Jennifer Philippa Eggert is a Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. In her research, she focuses on political violence and terrorism, with a particular focus on the role of women during war and violent conflict. She holds degrees from the LSE, Sciences Po and the European University Viadrina and has worked in the fields of intercultural dialogue, community empowerment and the prevention of extremism in a number of countries in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.