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ISIS' Targeting of "Defenceless" Women - A Case Study of the Terror Organisation ISIS' Use of Sexual Violence

Nordström, Frida LU (2017) SIMV07 20171
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
The terror organization ISIS is using brutal sexual violence in their warfare, targeting women and children in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, more than 5000 women of the Yazidi minority were kidnapped and sold into sex slavery.

The aim with this thesis is to answer the research question “How does ISIS benefit from using sexual violence?”, by using the three indicators “good economy”, “motivation to fight for ISIS” and “destruction of enemy”. The research has been structured by looking at four different groups of analysis; the individual victims, ISIS, inhabitants of Iraq and Syria, and the Western World. A feminist theory about sexual violence in wartime has been used, which has both narrowed down the topic as well as have improved the... (More)
The terror organization ISIS is using brutal sexual violence in their warfare, targeting women and children in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, more than 5000 women of the Yazidi minority were kidnapped and sold into sex slavery.

The aim with this thesis is to answer the research question “How does ISIS benefit from using sexual violence?”, by using the three indicators “good economy”, “motivation to fight for ISIS” and “destruction of enemy”. The research has been structured by looking at four different groups of analysis; the individual victims, ISIS, inhabitants of Iraq and Syria, and the Western World. A feminist theory about sexual violence in wartime has been used, which has both narrowed down the topic as well as have improved the analysis of the thesis.

This is a case study of the case “ISIS” in the local context of Iraq and Syria. Materials that have been used are academic articles, ISIS’ magazine Dabiq and journalism, including documentaries and articles.

The results showed on that ISIS benefit from using sexual violence due to the existing gender roles, where women have the roles as innocent, weak and in need of protection, while men are considered as strong, powerful and given the responsibility to protect “their women”. When IS target women and children with sexual violence, it makes not only the ISIS fighters to feel masculine, but is also breaks down structures in the Syrian and Iraqi societies. (Less)
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author
Nordström, Frida LU
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SIMV07 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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ISIS, Islamic State, sexual violence, terrorism, feminism.
language
English
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8910567
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  abstract     = {The terror organization ISIS is using brutal sexual violence in their warfare, targeting women and children in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, more than 5000 women of the Yazidi minority were kidnapped and sold into sex slavery. 

The aim with this thesis is to answer the research question “How does ISIS benefit from using sexual violence?”, by using the three indicators “good economy”, “motivation to fight for ISIS” and “destruction of enemy”. The research has been structured by looking at four different groups of analysis; the individual victims, ISIS, inhabitants of Iraq and Syria, and the Western World. A feminist theory about sexual violence in wartime has been used, which has both narrowed down the topic as well as have improved the analysis of the thesis.

This is a case study of the case “ISIS” in the local context of Iraq and Syria. Materials that have been used are academic articles, ISIS’ magazine Dabiq and journalism, including documentaries and articles. 

The results showed on that ISIS benefit from using sexual violence due to the existing gender roles, where women have the roles as innocent, weak and in need of protection, while men are considered as strong, powerful and given the responsibility to protect “their women”. When IS target women and children with sexual violence, it makes not only the ISIS fighters to feel masculine, but is also breaks down structures in the Syrian and Iraqi societies.},
  author       = {Nordström, Frida},
  keyword      = {ISIS,Islamic State,sexual violence,terrorism,feminism.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {ISIS' Targeting of "Defenceless" Women - A Case Study of the Terror Organisation ISIS' Use of Sexual Violence},
  year         = {2017},
}