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A few years ago, as migrant crisis was intensifying and the conflict in Syria was escalating,  North Macedonia did not remain immune to the foreign fighter’s phenomena.  This was quite a surprise for the society as a whole. Media sources stated that although there are not official numbers, it is approximated that between 75 and 90 Macedonian citizens have joined ISIS, which makes women a significant proportion of the group. Another media source states that unofficial total number is 156, from which 83 are already  back in the country, and 9 of the total number awe women. The gender perspective in CVET efforts is missing, and women’s engagement in those processes is a result of joint venture of different societal variables. The paper aims to examine the most significant and provide deeper analysis to the grassroots as a basics for recommendations for improvement.


gender, radicalization, extremism, women

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