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How Definitions of ‘Child Soldiers’ Exclude Girls from Demobilisation Efforts

Kidd, Alicia; Dunhill, Ally

Authors

Ally Dunhill



Contributors

Julia Muraszkiewicz
Editor

Toby Fenton
Editor

Hayley Watson
Editor

Abstract

Child soldiers meet the Palermo Protocol’s definition of ‘trafficking in persons’.
They are any person under 18, used in any capacity by armed forces or groups; this includes combatants, but also ancillary roles such as cooks, ‘wives’ and guards. However, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes often use narrower definitions which exclude many roles typically undertaken by girls.
In failing to recognise girls’ experiences, DDR programmes leave them vulnerable. They escape trafficking situations only to face a lack of support and a high risk of re-exploitation.
This chapter examines the remit and outcomes of DDR programmes. It assesses how they impact the futures of those both included and excluded and offers recommendations for more effective, inclusive efforts going forwards.

Citation

Kidd, A., & Dunhill, A. (in press). How Definitions of ‘Child Soldiers’ Exclude Girls from Demobilisation Efforts. In J. Muraszkiewicz, H. Watson, & T. Fenton (Eds.), Human Trafficking in Conflict - Context, Causes and the Military. , (183-197). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40838-1

Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 22, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 23, 2022
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 183-197
Book Title Human Trafficking in Conflict - Context, Causes and the Military
Chapter Number 13
ISBN 978-3-030-40837-4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40838-1
Keywords girls, child soldiers, demobilisation
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3162776
Publisher URL https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030408374

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