New York, May 5, 2022 — Children living in the midst of hostilities face different risks based on identity factors, and new analysis released today highlights the importance of better understanding the gender dimensions of human rights violations. children during armed conflict to inform prevention and response strategies.
The document, launched today at a high-level event co-sponsored by Malta and the United Kingdom, further highlights the importance of supporting the United Nations and partners on the ground so that they have the resources and appropriate skills to analyze grave violations against children through a gender lens.
“With this first study, we understand that integrating a gender perspective into the implementation of the mandate on children and armed conflict can contribute to a better understanding of the impact of invisible gender norms and biases in child protection,” the representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said.
“The study further shows that devoting adequate resources to gender analysis of grave violations against children in armed conflict can help expose how gender is instrumentalized in different conflict contexts – and ensure we are better equipped to respond to and prevent grave violations,” Virginia Gamba added.
The information collected in the study *Gender dimensions of grave violations against children in armed conflict* emphasizes the importance of understanding the interrelated nature of grave violations against children for holistic, age-appropriate and gender-sensitive prevention and response. It provides hard evidence of how children are affected differently by conflict based on their gender and other identity characteristics including ethnicity, race, religion, caste, ability, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The proportion of girls associated with armed groups tends to be largely underestimated because girls are generally less visible than boys and often released informally, blocking their reintegration and ultimately impacting the number of girls recruited and used”, underlined Virginia Gamba.
In recent years, significant progress has been made in compiling sex-disaggregated data in most countries on the children and armed conflict agenda, but a thorough gender analysis requires more than numbers, as data alone will not improve our understanding of individuals. the risk, collective or environmental factors for children driving their victimization in different ways, or the profile and motivation of the perpetrators.
The document shows that the greater the UN’s monitoring capacity on the ground, the better its ability to conduct gender analysis and integrate a gender perspective into the monitoring and reporting of grave violations – as well as into the answer. Such analysis can also inform international policy, advocacy and accountability.
“I call on the international community to continue to support politically and financially child protection expertise on the ground. Mainstreaming a broader gender perspective into the children and armed conflict agenda would enable responses to grave violations to be more context-specific and inclusive of diverse groups which, in turn, would support and strengthen the mandate and broaden its partnerships,” concluded Virginia Gamba.
Note to editors:
The analysis includes interviews with members of the National Monitoring and Reporting Working Groups (CTFMRs) as well as consultations with gender and child protection experts from five countries on the agenda of children and armed conflict: Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Yemen. It has been made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the governments of the United Kingdom and Malta.
For more information, please contact:
Fabienne Vinet, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
+1-212-963-5986 (office) / +1-917-288-5791 (mobile) / [email protected]