Mishkat Al Moumin | November 25th, 2011 | Connecting the Doubts, Featured | 93 Comments »
The police force in countries such Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, features policemen, not policewomen.
Thus, searching a woman who is crossing the checkpoint is impossible. In the Middle Eastern culture, no man can touch a woman who is not his wife or sister.
Insurgencies have started to recruit heavily among women. After crossing the checkpoint, a woman would potentially kill more victims than a male suicide bomber, because she can get closer to the target than men.
Most of these women come from rural areas, where women have no access to environmental resources. While women are the primary users of environmental resources like water, cropland, forests, fisheries, they are excluded from the decision-making process and, by default, from environmental resources, i.e. the main source of income.
These women work for free and wait for their male relatives to give them their share of food. If the male relative dies, leaves, or stops providing for them, then they have no income to support themselves or their children. Moreover, they have to live with another male relative and become a burden on him.
Similarly to elderly citizens in Western societies (who might think of suicide because they feel that they are a burden on their families), these women could easily become suicide bomb attackers.
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