Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan were easily manipulated by the locals and proved to be largely ineffective in their intended counter-insurgency role.


Azarbaijani-Moghaddam found that the FETs were easily manipulated by Afghans with experience of three decades of relief and development interventions prior to the arrival of all these well-intentioned young military personnel in their area. There was, in fact, very little understanding within the military regarding the role of women, potential and actual, both within the insurgency in Afghanistan and in support of it. - See more at: http://spp.ceu.edu/article/2014-03-19/failure-female-engagement-afghnistan#sthash.1jqxoP9d.dpuf

Source: The Failure of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan | School of Public Policy