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ICCT – Book Launch: “Female Jihadis Facing Justice: Comparing Approaches in Europe”

31 January @ 14:00 15:30


This webinar hosted by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism will present findings from their upcoming book “Female Jihadis Facing Justice: Comparing Approaches in Europe”. The book compiled and analysed a unique dataset on female Violent Extremist Offenders (VEOs), comprising 283 criminal cases from Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, in addition to conducting over 60 semi-structured interviews with relevant practitioners and policy-makers. Speakers will provide insights into the main findings made in the four different country contexts, provide a cross-cutting analysis, and discuss ways forward to enhance a gender-sensitive management of female VEOs throughout the criminal justice system.


Women made up around 20 percent of the individuals who left Europe to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). Furthermore, over the past few years, a number of terrorist plots in Europe involved women. As a result, the perception of these women has evolved significantly since 2015. Initially only seen as victims, there is now a greater attention to their roles within a terrorist organisation, as well as to the threat they may pose in prison and afterwards.


> Thomas Renard – Director of ICCT

> Tanya Mehra –  Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead at ICCT

> Marc Hecker – Deputy Director of the French Institute of International Relations

> Sofia Koller – Senior Research Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project