Female Engagement Teams

Structural analysis of gendered social networks in Afghanistan illustrates how opinions of international forces evolve in a community

In 2009, the U.S. initiated Female Engagement Teams to provide humanitarian engagement and medical care to female Afghans. By constructively engaging with female networks, Female Engagement Teams can better affect network opinions of international forces as a whole, helping counteract influences from opposing forces and promoting success in Afghanistan and increased global security.

Notional illustration of sample network topology. Note the higher density of edges among females, the connections between the FET and both gender-based subnetworks, and the male-only connections of the opposition influence.

We appreciate the support in foundational work from the participants of the International Data Farming Workshop 23/NATO MSG-088 Meeting 5.

Report

Opinion Dynamics in Gendered Social Networks: An Examination of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan, April 2012, College Park, MD [PDF]

Presentation

Opinion Dynamics in Gendered Social Networks: An Examination of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan, April 2012, College Park, MD [PDF]