Who Are the Women Who Take Up Arms?

January 12, 2011
Dyan Mazurana

Tufts Professor Dyan Mazurana

Welcome to Women, War & Peace’s podcast series with our host, Amy Costello. Each week, Amy will be talking to people who have responded creatively to the plight of women living in conflict zones.

Why would a woman join an armed group? Why would a woman become a suicide bomber?

When we think of terrorist groups, we think of fervent believers who are motivated to join a rebel group by ideology or as a response to abject poverty. But Dyan Mazurana, the Director of Gender, Youth and Community at Tufts University’s Feinstein International Famine Center, says that a cycle of violence is much more to blame for women’s participation in armed conflict groups.

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