Australia launches bid to stop prevent young Australian women leaving the country to become so-called “jihadi brides” for Islamic State

February 26, 2015 9:58 am

’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the government is
working in Muslim communities to prevent young Australian women leaving
the country to become so-called “jihadi brides” for Islamic State.
It’s
understood as many as 40 Australian women had either travelled to the
to join (Islamic State), or are engaging in or
supporting terrorist activity in , or Australia.

A photo of British girl Shamima Begum, who is thought to have fled to Syria to join Isis, is held up by her eldest sister Renu. Photo / AFP
A photo of British girl Shamima Begum, who
is thought to have fled to Syria to join Isis, is held up by her eldest
sister Renu. Photo / AFP

The
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) says dozens of
young Australian women had “either gone or contemplated going” as
so-called “jihadi brides”.
Speaking this morning, Ms Bishop said the government was working to stop young Australian women joining Isis.

“We have a number of community initiatives and programs are
working with local communities, working with schools, working with
families … working with local mosques,” she told ABC Radio.
“This
is a terrorist organisation that has an appalling track record when it
comes to women, they actually have online instructions on how to treat a
sex slave.
“Their attitude towards women is utterly appalling.”
She
said there was no “romantic adventure” attached to supporting IS, and
that the government had committed A$545 million to counter
radicalisation.
Ms Bishop said she did not believe Muslims had
been offended by Mr Abbott’s comments urging them to do more to combat
the threat of .
“I don’t believe they have,” she said.
“We’re working very closely with mosques in a number of instances.”
The
comments come after Ms Bishop told parliament yesterday an increasing
number of young females were joining the conflict in Syria.
She
said the trend defied logic, and called on friends and families of
at-risk young people to “reach out” before it was too late.
Asio said there were 30-40 women involved in trying to get to Syria, some of whom had been successful in getting offshore.
Two weeks ago, it was reported several had become slaves of the terrorist group after their partners were killed.

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