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Homecoming? Integrating Women and Children of ISIS

Tuesday 6 December 2022
This event is free
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS NL) is pleased to invite you to our first event of the academic year on Tuesday 6 December at 17:45 hrs (CEST).

Dr. Joanna Cook and discussant Dr. Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn will look at the return of European women and children of ISIS. It remains a key issue for policymakers and legal experts across Europe.

In this event they will discuss this work and other linked questions such as:

  • What is the status of women in ISIS?
  • How are states managing them now?
  • How can children from violent extremist families be best supported?
  • What roles do women play in countering violent extremism and terrorism?

Following the event there will be a networking reception in the Wijnhaven Building Brasserie (ground floor) from 19:00-20:00 hrs.

About the speaker & discussant

Dr. Joana Cook is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University, and Editor-in-Chief at the International Centre for Counterterrorism. Her research focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices. She is at the heart of current research on this topic, including a major project looking at how to better support children who come from violent extremist families.

Joana is the author of the book 'A Woman's Place: U.S. Counterterrorism since 9/11' (2020) in which she sheds valuable light on women's role in counterterrorism, from agents of counterterrorism efforts to its targets. 

Her forthcoming book (2022 ed. with Shiraz Maher) 'The Rule is for None but Allah: Islamist Approaches to Governance' examines women in Islamist governance (amongst other case studies). 

Dr. Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn
 works at the Analysis and Research Department of the Dutch House of Representatives as a knowledge coordinator on international relations & security. She provides short analyses for the committees on foreign affairs and defense and brings in expertise from institutions in the field. Jeanine is also an Assistant Professor in terrorism studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Het research interests include responses to terrorism and foreign fighters. 


This event has limited spaces and will adhere to the Chatham House Rules model to facilitate an open discussion. 

Please register via this form.


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