Building Bridges for Prevention: Women and Security Actors Prevent Child Recruitment and Use in South Sudan
- Sustainable Development Goal :5 - Gender Equality
- Gender Equality Marker :Gender Transformative (GE3)
- Testing Country :South Sudan
- Testing Period :11 months
- Amount :$249,045
The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security from Dalhousie University tested a comprehensive prevention program to protect children from being recruited and used as soldiers, with a focus on conflict related sexual violence in Juba, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan. The Dallaire Institute mobilized local police forces and women leaders from civil society organizations to work collectively to prevent the recruitment of children as soldiers and conflict related sexual violence against children. Round tables between community groups and local security actors, as well gender responsive training for police, helped increase dialogue and coordination between women and local forces leading to strengthened prevention strategies to protect children vulnerable to recruitment and exploitation.