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Female Engagement in Hostile Environments

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King's College London

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This event will be jointly hosted by Women in International Security (WIIS) UK and Women in War and International Politics (WIWIP).

Counterinsurgency strategies focused on “winning hearts and minds” and population engagement have led to the emergence of all-female military units known as Team Lioness and Female Engagement Teams (FETs). The U.S. Marines Corps set up FETs in 2009 to engage with local Afghan women – a segment of society inaccessible to male troops due to cultural norms and traditions.

The British Armed Forces formally implemented the FET model during Operation HERRICK 13 (November 2010 - April 2011) in Afghanistan. Was this a successful initiative? Do FETs encourage or discourage female soldiers from being seen as “actors”? Should the military lead population engagement initiatives? Do FETs promote or impede unit cohesion?

Our panel includes a range of military and academic speakers who will discuss the creation and evolution of FETs as well as examine how these programmes have shaped the role of women in the military. Our panellists will also explore models of female engagement in hostile environments and the future of military leadership.

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Nicki Bass served for 17 years in the British Army with the Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services), retiring in September 2017 at the rank of Major. During her career, she undertook a variety of roles including managing the Army’s operational language capability and responsibility for all military education provision in the northeast of England. She also deployed on several operational tours including Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2008, she was posted to the newly formed Headquarters 11 Light Brigade. As the first permanent brigade-level Influence Officer across the British Army, her role was to ensure that the civilian population in Helmand was at the front and centre of any operational planning. She deployed to Helmand province in September 2009 on Op HERRICK 11; here, working closely with colleagues in the civilian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team, she designed and deployed the first UK Female Engagement Team trial.

Details of other speakers will be released closer to the time.

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Registration is required. Plase note that all visitors will need to sign in at the front desk to be granted access to the building. If you have any questions about the event, please contact wiisuk@outlook.com.



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