Dr. Shelly Whitman: International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers

International Day to End the Use of Child Soldiers
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“A future where children are no longer used as weapons of war is within our grasp—but only if we choose to make children a priority to achieve peace and security.”

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Peer beyond the headlines of conflict and reveal its effects on societies’ most vulnerable. 

 

 

Not My War investigates the effects of war on a child from a social, physical and psychological point of view. From a girl fleeing continued strife in Syria, to a boy reintegrating after serving in the ranks of Boko Haram in Nigeria, you will learn about the complex and long-term effects of war on children.

 

 

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Global Affairs Canada Awards the Dallaire Initiative 3.3 million to create national level project in South Sudan

 

Global Affairs Canada has announced a 3 million dollar grant for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative to develop a national level program in South Sudan that will aim to progressively end the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

The project will seek to protect girls and boys in South Sudan from recruitment and use as child soldiers by working with security actors—such as the national forces, UN peacekeepers – as well as civil society actors— to strengthen strategies to protect children becoming weapons of war. This will be accomplished through training and sensitization activities undertaken by Dallaire Initiative staff with local partners that aims to change attitudes and behaviours with respect to the use of children as weapons of war.

 

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Children should not fight wars. Agree? Join the No Child’s War Movement Today!

 

Children should not fight wars.

Yet, tens of thousands of children are forced, coerced or born into conflict every day where they end up fighting a war that adults created.

A future where children are no longer used as weapons of war is within our grasp—but only if we choose to make children a priority to achieve peace and security.

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The time for a holistic approach to preventing the use of child soldiers has come. We need to work across disciplines to create robust responses that prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.”

Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Video letter from Dr. Shelly Whitman.

 

Today is February 12th, the international day against the use of child soldiers. The Dallaire Initiative’s unique, security sector approach is building momentum towards innovative solutions to ending the use of child soldiers around the world.

 

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Not every child soldier carries a gun.

 

#weaponsofwar aims to raise awareness about the large number of roles child soldiers to undertake across the globe and breaks the common iconography that all child soldiers carry guns.

 

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Allons-y is a peer-reviewed publication written by young academics and practitioners, complemented by expert commentary, designed to foster discussion and innovative thinking on issues relating to children affected by armed conflict. Learn More.

 

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The Dallaire Initiative has created an advocacy kit with the tools and knowledge that you require to help build a movement around preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

 

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The ultimate focus of the rest of my life is to end the use of child soldiers and to eliminate even the thought of the use of children as an instrument of war”

– LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), Founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

 

Please help us keep children off of the frontlines!

Your gift will help grow our flagship work: training military, police, peacekeepers, security personnel and community groups –  often the first point of contact for child soldiers – on how to prevent the use of child soldiers. By equipping those on the front lines with the right tools and training, we believe we can help put an end to the recruitment of children. Join us!

UN Photo: Albert González Farran

 

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