Girl Soldiers: Denial of Rights and Responsibilities


Brett, Rachel. 2004. “Girl Soldiers: Denial of Rights and Responsibilities.” Refugee Survival Quarterly 23 (2): 30-7.

Author: Rachel Brett


The article focuses on the participation of girls in conflict and its implications for their demobilisation and reintegration. Girl soldiers fail to go through the demobilisation processes partly because they are not recognised as soldiers but as abductees, sex slaves and concubines. Some girls experience a measure of protection and fulfillment in the military life, but many still find themselves being required to provide sexual services. It suggests designing demobilisation and reintegration programmes that do not exclude girl soldiers.

Topics: Combatants, Child Soldiers, Female Combatants, DDR, Gender, Girls, Rights

Year: 2004

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