Ikram Ben Said

Ikram Ben Said

Ikram Ben Said is feminist, founder of Aswat Nisaa, a non-governmental Tunisian organization working on advancing women’s political participation and advocating for gender sensitive public policies. She is also a Member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts on Youth Peace and Security 2250

23 April 2018

« Not for fame, not for nikah, not for fun », once tweeted a female ISIS member called Shams . Women have long been valued fighters in liberation movements and other politically motivated armed guerilla warfares, but recently a new troubling form of women’s political militantism has emerged and raises a serious question: Why would women eagerly join a violent terrorist movement that is strongly patriarchal, misogynistic and moreover profoundly disregards their dignity as human beings? Understanding why women have joined ISIS is essential if we want to create effective prevention and reintegration programs.