Empowering Women To Break The Jihadi Cycle

Nevertheless, two fascinating, small-scale programs are taking a different tack: empowering jihadists’ wives through work and education to set them up for life outside the extremist fray.
The program, continuing without him, has just wrapped up its first cycle of workshops for jihadists’ wives and has reported highly positive results from its 18 participants.
After two or three visits to break the ice, the women can enroll in the program’s workshop.
In addition to group discussion on the challenges of having your husband in jail and raising children alone, the women also receive business training from Sutie Rahyono, an entrepreneurship professor.
“We need these women to be part of counterterrorism because they’re the missing link in the rehabilitation equation,” Abas told me.

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