Women's Role In Terrorism

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Mackenzie Hahn
International Relations
12/10/17
Final Paper
Women in Terrorism

Women in Terrorism Abstract:
This paper is an examination of the role and acuities of women in terrorist groups and acts of terror and will discuss the role of women in both international and domestic terrorism. This paper touches both on the role women play in terrorism and anti-terrorism. This paper argues that women’s role in terrorism differs depending on whether they are participating in international or domestic, with women more likely to participate in domestic terrorism. Women play strategic roles in terrorism because of their gendered position in societies and the position and type of power they possess based on their gender role. Women specifically
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Women play strategic roles in terrorism because of their gendered position in societies and the position and type of power they possess based on their gender role. Women specifically are sought after as recruiters, for organizational positions, to analyses data, and as active players in events. I specifically look at what detailed roles women play within terrorist groups and why women choose to participate in terrorism. This paper questions what attracts or pushes women to terrorist acts and how they are successful within these dynamic organizations. Women have been both welcomed and sought after in terrorist groups and have become key players when it comes to committing successful acts of terror. This paper also touches on how women have been used as a way to combat terrorism, specifically radical Islamic terrorism, in ways that have been called inhuman and unmoral. This paper also discusses the necessary research required to prepare for future attacks as terrorist groups learn to use women and the West’s gender roles as a facet of their weaponology. With a lack of research and a concreate plan of action to deal with the growing problem of women turning to terrorism to fight against the oppression they face socially, politically, and financially. It is imperative for the survival of…show more content…
Terrorism has had many different forms and has evolved from its original emergence in the French Revolution to groups that have thousands of members around the world and are run more like international organizations with large cash flows and a constant media cycle. Terrorism a violent political strategy that has been successful at fighting against larger entities with more military authority. There is a growing awareness of the impactful role women play in both assisting terrorist groups and fighting against terrorist groups. Scholars have found that because women hold highly influential positions in their families, communities, and as a result their governments, their active participation in counter-terrorism efforts has the possibility to effect positive change. However, there has also been a steady increase in the radicalization and recruitment of young girls and women by female terrorists, which is a serious threat to the security of sovereignty
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