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Are Western nations treating female jihadis consistently?

Western female jihadis have become a bit of a ‘soupe du jour’ of late in the media. How are we doing at prosecuting them for their crimes?

Episode 211 – Are female jihadis being taken seriously?

When it comes to terrorism most people probably turn to men as the primary perpetrators. If they are involved, women are see as bystanders, unwilling participants or even victims. Is this accurate (spoiler alert: NO!). Borealis looks at the issue of what to do with female returnees to Europe and what threat they pose with Sofia Koller.

About my guest

Sofia Koller is a Senior Research Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) in Berlin, where she currently focuses on the prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returnees from Syria and Iraq. She also supports the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) of the European Commission as an external consultant. From 2018 to 2021, Sofia was a Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she led the International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx). Previously, Sofia worked as a project coordinator and consultant in Lebanon and France. Sofia Koller holds a Master’s degree in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London.

Female Jihadis Facing Justice: Comparing Approaches in Europe | International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – ICCT

Woman guilty of terror charges for Canadian Tire attack sentenced to 7 years in prison | CBC News

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.