UNITED NATIONS, Feb 06 (APP):A Pakistan Army’s second Female Engagement Team (FET) has joined the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), according to a message received at UN Headquarters in New York.

The group comprises 21 officers and includes vocational training officers, psychologists, doctors, paramedics, operations officers and software engineers.

A team of 15 female officers is already deployed in Adikivu in South Kivu, one the provinces of D.R. Congo, a central African country.

Last week at a ceremony, members of the first batch were awarded the UN medal for their meritorious services.

UN Peacekeepers rely heavily on engaging with the local community — which feels more comfortable liaising and sharing information with military troops that include women alongside men, the mission has said.