The extremist Sunni militant group called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which recently declared a caliphate in parts of the Middle East, now controls an area of 13,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria. Testimonies coming out about daily life in the ISIS-controlled region depict an agenda of fear and intimidation being imposed, one that targets women with repression and violence.

تشعرشبكة "النساء في ظل قوانين المسلمين" بقلق بالغ إزاء تزايد ظاهرة زواج اللاجئات السوريات في المخيمات، حيث أصبحت هذه الظاهرة متبعة كـ "استراتيجية"  للبقاء على قيد الحياة للعائلات اليائسة، أو كوسيلة للهروب من الفقر الشديد. ويعتبر الزواج القسري شكلاً من أشكال الاستعباد الجنسي، حيث يضع قيوداًً على استقلالية المرأة وحرية حركتها، وقدرتها على البت في المسائل المتعلقة بحياتها الخاصة والجنسية.


On the 21st August 2012, a female tea seller traveling in the early evening was dragged from a bus in Awdiinle, Baidoa Region, by Al Shabaab taken to the bush close by and beheaded. The woman in question had been based in Bardaale district (Bay region) and had in the course of her tea selling business served members of the TFG who came to her shop regularly. Although she had received threats from Al Shabaab that she would be killed if she continued to receive business from the TFG, due to her position as sole breadwinner in her household, it was necessary that she continue.