The inaugural Women and Extremism Summit was held in Washington D.C. on June 8th and 9th, 2015. The event was hosted by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) in partnership with the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and was attended by a range of civil society activists, researchers, practitioners and government officials.
The opening session is available for viewing below:
The second instalment in ISD's Women and Extremism (WaE) report series, entitled 'Till Martyrdom Do Us Part: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon', was launched on May 28th 2015. This report delves deeper into the 100+ cases of Western female migrants to ISIS territory that are actively tracked and monitored. By profiling key individuals, the authors were able to illuminate and analyse prevalent push and pull factors, and consequently deliver policy recommendations around current Prevention and De-Radicalization programs with specific reference to the question of gender.
The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) launched its first Women and Extremism research publication in January 2015 with 'Becoming Mulan? Female Western Migrants to ISIS'. The report tracks a number of Western female migrants that have travelled to ISIS-held territory in support of the terrorist organisation and continue to operate online through mainstream social media. The first in a series of reports, this research draws upon the ISD database of known female migrants to ISIS and analyses their reasons for joining the group, as well as assessing the threat that they pose.
The Women and Extremism (WaE) network hosts events ranging from research report releases to regional innovation labs. Events aim to grow the network, increase awareness and facilitate counter-extremism campaigns using the strength of the female voice.