Motta di Livenza, 2020 June 26th.
From 22 June to 26 June 2020 the Female Engagement Team (FET) Course has been run by the Multinational CIMIC Group Operators in favor of the Italian, Great Britain, Portuguese Army and civil environment personnel.
The course, carried out entirely in English and structured according to the lessons identified and learned achieved during and after the experiences gained by the CIMIC Operators while deployed in missions abroad, was the first one organized and conducted with E-LEARNING mode, because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, with the aim of providing the fundamental knowledge and skills to work in a team, in order to be able to interact with women in a given crisis area.
Through communication and negotiation lessons, as well as on gender perspective, students have developed the necessary skills to gain the trust of the local population, interacting mainly with female, in order to create the conditions to achieve a cooperative and collaborative environment, necessary to achieve the mission's objectives.
The teaching staff were made up of specialized and qualified Subject Matter Experts of the Unit and external collaborators, such as Lebanese Professor Ranà Khawand - Gender Policy Developer for the Women Training Centre of the United Nations - who gave some lectures on "Gender in Health Emergencies and Exercise”, "Women’s Role in Arabic Culture" and “Gender violence as a weapon of war”. The other guest speaker, Dr. Anna Vanzan, expert in Iran and Islam culture and editor for “Afriche&Orienti” magazine, gave a lecture about Afghan women - History and Cultural Awareness.
The course, in addition to the lessons, gave to the 52 participants the opportunity to test through different role-plays what they had learned in theoretic lectures, replicating some possible scenarios in which a Female Engagement Team might find itself operating.
To date, about 2000 students, civilians and military, Italian and foreign, have attended CIMIC courses, testifying a level of education, responding to the needs of those who face the changing challenges of the today's operational scenarios.