Guest Lecture: The Women of the Caliphate

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 12:00 to 14:00


A guest lecture by Judit Neurink, journalist and author, to begin the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign at AUIS. The event has been organized by the Center for Gender and Development Studies. 

The women of the Caliphate: Slaves, mothers and jihadi brides

With the battle to liberate Mosul raging: what do we know about the relationship between the Islamic group ISIS and women? It is a complex one. ISIS is keeping thousands of Yazidi women as sex slaves and treats them like animals. Western women have been recruited to give birth to the next generation of fighters. Some of them volunteer to work with a special police force that checks if women are abiding by the strict rules – acting no less brutal than the ISIS men. And as the latest development, it is said that ISIS is getting these women ready for suicide missions. All these women, both victims and perpetrators, play a role in the history now being written in Iraq and Syria.

About the speaker

Judit Neurink (1957) is a journalist and author from the Netherlands, a specialist on the Middle East who has been living and working in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the past eight years. She set up a media centre in Sulaymaniya (the Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan IMCK) to train journalists and teach politicians and police how to work with the media. Since leaving the centre, she works for Dutch and Belgian newspapers, radio and TV as well as international media. She has written six books, all of them connected to the Middle East, amongst them a novel about the Jews of Kurdistan, and the most recent ones focusing on the Islamic group ISIS. Her latest, ‘The women of the Caliphate’ gives a picture of women’s lives inside ISIS held territory, both victims and women who married into or were recruited by ISIS. She lives with her two Siamese cats in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil.