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ICCT in the Media: ICCT Press Book "Female Jihadis Facing Justice: Comparing Approaches in Europe"

February 02, 2024

On Friday, 2nd of February 2024, Tanya Mehra was interviewed by the Dutch public television network NPO 1 on the recently released book "Female Jihadis Facing Justice: Comparing Approaches in Europe" and her research into the investigation and persecution of jihadi-affiliated female violent extremist offenders (VEOs) in various European countries. 

This was very unique research, Tanya mentioned, who analyzed the profile of women, who they are, and why they left to join the Islamic State. "Reasons for leaving were more or less the same. They could go there for ideological purposes, for the adventure or the idea that they could have a better life there", she continued.  

Tanya also said that a study of the verdicts shows that the vast majority of women were not involved in violent crimes and, after being sentenced in Europe, behave like "model prisoners" in detention. But, she added, it is important to consider the likelihood these returnee women may fall back in a radical network. 

Read and watch the full interview (in Dutch): 


IS women are 'model prisoners', according to unique European research, but reintegration is complicated by security rules