Women and Support for Terrorism in Pakistan

TitleWomen and Support for Terrorism in Pakistan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsC. Fair, Christine, and Ali Hamza
JournalTerrorism & Political Violence
Volume30
Issue6
Pagination962 - 983
Date Published12/2018
Abstract

In this paper, we examine gender-wise support for two militant groups based in and operating from Pakistan: the Afghan Taliban, which has no female outreach program, and the sectarian Sipha-e-Sahaba-e-Pakistan, which does. We leverage a dataset drawn from a relatively large national survey of Pakistanis collected in 2011 to model support for these groups using gender as an independent variable along with other demographic and control variables. We find that females are significantly more likely to support the sectarian group with a women’s outreach-wing. In contrast, there is no significant gender effect on support for the Afghan Taliban. We argue, from these results, that gender deserves more attention in understanding who supports and participates in Islamist militancy.

Short TitleTerrorism & Political Violence
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