Child Soldiers: What You Can Do

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 8.51.49 PMBe aware and raise awareness of legal frameworks for action
              • In 2000, the United Nations adopted an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The protocol prohibits the forced recruitment of children under the age of 18 or their use in hostilities. To date, it has been ratified by more than 110 countries.
              • The ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labor prohibits the forced or compulsory recruitment of children under the age of 18 for use in armed conflict. It has been ratified by over 150 countries.
Advocacy Action
    • Advocacy to ensure that National States fulfill their commitment to protect children from involvement in armed conflict by establishing legal and practical mechanisms to safeguard children against recruitment and use
    • Promoting compliance with international law, with emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and developing legislation with different national and local policy-makers
    • Raising awareness of child rights through a variety of media—including education and training for military and other armed forces as well as efforts to reach children and their families
Support On-going Programs

Resource mobilization to support organizations that dealing with disarmament, demobilization, reinsertion and reintegration of child soldiers through:

    • Child sponsorship programs and other form supporting implementation of DDRR programs;
    • Fundraising campaigns in schools, churches and community to support an organization or projects;
    • Promote the spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Involving Organizations for peace and reintegration of child soldiers (such as UNV, USA Peace Corps, UNDP, UNICEF & NGOs etc…)
    • Used clothes and toys for reintegration centers and/or Orphanage of children victim of war etc…
Consider getting involved with Child Soldiers International or UNICEF.

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