IS focus on millennial women is worry for future: Europol

15th June, 2019 10:45:34 printer

THE HAGUE: The Islamic State group is targeting women from the millennial generation as it seeks new recruits after the fall of its so-called caliphate, the EU’s police agency said Friday.

In a report on IS propaganda focussed on women, Europol said that this could “pave the way” for a change in the role of female jihadists in future terror organizations, reports AFP.

“We are talking about especially millennials,” Manuel Navarette, Head of Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre, told reporters in The Hague as he unveiled the report.

“IS propaganda is focussed on women between 16 to 25, a group more vulnerable to these activities and they have access to social media. IS has adapted to the new target”.

IS had in particular assigned new and “more active” roles to female jihadists within the organisation, while keeping its fundamentalist ideas about the position of women in society. “They kept somehow the traditional role given to women: being supportive, taking care of men,” Navarette said. “But then they start asking women to take a different role, to assist as a doctor, to assist in a different way, not only as the traditional housewife.”

The Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria fell in March but the group remains active in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as still inspiring jihadists through an online presence.