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Save the Children International
The third report of Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children campaign reveals shocking trends in the threats to the safety and wellbeing of children living in areas impacted by conflict. While fewer children are living in conflict-affected areas, those who do face the greatest risk of falling victim to serious violence since systematic records began. This report delves into the differences between boys’ and girls’ experiences through a gendered analysis of the six grave violations of children in conflict.
A common understanding of conflict violations focuses on those violations that occur in public spaces, such as the street or out in the community, and are more likely to be experienced by boys, such as killing and maiming. By their very nature, these violations are easier to verify than violations that take place in private spaces, such as the home, which are more commonly experienced by girls. These violations include sexual violence and early/forced child marriage; not easily or often recorded, these violations often go unseen or ignored. Furthermore, the experiences of children with diverse gender identities are not represented at all.
Stop the War on Children 2020: Gender matters, calls for state and humanitarian actors to recognize and respond to the needs of boys, girls, and children of diverse gender identities in conflicts settings by: