Role of Women in Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism that Leads to Terrorism in Albania

Authors

  • Merita Poni University of Tirana, Fakulteti i Shkencave Sociale, Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta", Tirana 1023, Albania
  • Evisa Kambellari University of Tirana, Fakulteti i Shkencave Sociale, Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta", Tirana 1023, Albania
  • Merushe Zeneli University of Tirana, Fakulteti i Shkencave Sociale, Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta", Tirana 1023, Albania
  • Rozana Baci University of Tirana, Fakulteti i Shkencave Sociale, Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta", Tirana 1023, Albania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0021

Keywords:

prevention, radicalization, violent extremism, women, Albania

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to inform the reader about the role of women in countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism (VERLT). Women’s role represents a growing interest for policy makers in addressing the rising concern for youth engagement in violent extremism. The study applies a gender perspective to analyzing the role of women in preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism. In depth interviews were conducted with thirty-one women to reveal their opinions, attitudes and experiences with prevention of VERLT. The study covers three regions: Tirana, Elbasan and Pogradec, which are identified as hot spots for violent extremism. The study has found that women have a crucial role in preventing and countering violent extremism, given their access in family and community. Women’s role is especially relevant in keeping young people safe from extremists’ radicalization attempts. Women civic engagement increases community resilience against violent narratives and contributes to peace perseverance. Women front-line activism is primordial for countering extremism that leads to terrorism.

 

Received: 8 October 2020 / Accepted: 11 December 2020 / Published: 17 January 2021

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Published

2021-01-17

How to Cite

Poni, M. ., Kambellari, E. ., Zeneli, M. ., & Baci, R. . (2021). Role of Women in Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism that Leads to Terrorism in Albania. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(1), 240. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0021

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Research Articles