The United Nations has announced that ISIS militants are executing educated women who reside in its controlled territories. The group has already executed three female lawyers this month.
UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said a number of women living in ISIS controlled territories, especially within the Iraqi city of Mosul, are being targeted by the group. Educated woman are in particular danger.
“Educated, professional women, particularly women who have run as candidates in elections for public office seem to be particularly at risk,” Shamdasani said. “In just the first two weeks of this year, reports indicated three female lawyers were executed.”
ISIS has been targeting educated women, especially former political candidates, for some time. Two women were shot in the back of the head just this past November by the group after being held prisoner for 45 days. The order to kill came from ISIS’ Islamic court. Both women had previously ran for Iraqi political office.
Another female who had run for Iraqi political office was killed in Mosul in September.
“ISIS fighters do not care if those candidates are Sunni or Christians or Shiites,” a source told NBC News. “Since this person was trying to be part of the government, he or she is a target. They do not care if this person is a female, all are considered as targets. They have no respect for mankind at all.”
ISIS believes that women should play a supporting role in society, not a leading role, and that women are meant to provide for their jihadi husbands. The group recently created a special media wing, referred to as the Zora foundation, which produces propaganda showing women how to be good “wives of jihad.”
The group executed over 150 women and children, some of them pregnant, in December, because they each refused to become sex slaves, what the group considers to be a “Jihad marriage,” writes Rida Ahmed for HNGN.
The group is targeting a number of other groups, including homosexuals. Shamdasani reported of “the ruthless murder of two men, who were thrown off the top of a building after having been accused of homosexual acts by a so-called court in Mosul.”
Minorities are not the only groups being targeted. Anyone accused of “extremist interpretations of Islamic Sharia law, or for suspected disloyalty,” is at risk in what is considered a “monstrous disregard for human life.”
Four doctors were recently killed after allegedly refusing treatment to ISIS fighters.
In addition, the group has been known to stuff live scorpions into bombs and firing them in order to instill fear in their enemies, many of them civilians.