From Syria to Yemen, boys and girls are being killed and maimed as their home towns are bombed and placed under violent siege. Schools, hospitals and other places where children should be safe are being targeted in horrific attacks.
The nature of conflict – and its impact on children – is changing We are witnessing deliberate campaigns of violence against civilians, including the targeting of schools, the abduction and enslavement of girls, and deliberate starvation.
This must stop. Even wars must have limits.
We’re pushing for governments around the world to make sure that children caught up in conflict are protected. But war is putting children at risk as never before.
In 2017, a staggering 420 million children lived in conflict zones. This is nearly one-fifth of children worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of children are dying every year as a result of indirect effects of conflict.
We work relentlessly to defend children against the horrors of war and to uphold their right to protection. A right that our founder helped establish.
Operating as part of a movement that works in 120 countries, our department designs and implements change-making strategies. We use all our skills to combine lobbying, policy, research, campaigning and media into one agile, powerful engine for change.
We’re pushing for states to endorse the ‘Safe Schools Declaration’ and adopt up to date ‘Protection of Civilians’ strategies that focus on children.