What we do


analysis and research activities 


enhancing social and legal protection


increasing the awareness of consequences on direct and indirect victims


protection from gender-based violations


promoting dialogue between institutions


The Network aims to promote analysis and research activities with a view to enhancing the social and legal protection of boy and girl children involved in armed conflict. The Network will also provide activities aimed at increasing the awareness of the spreading phenomenon of the consequences for children involved in armed conflict both when they are direct victims and also when they are affected indirectly by violations to their families and communities (i.e. early school leaving). 

With the aim to give children the concrete hope of a better and safer future, in particular through education, the two Conferences organized by the Network are specifically focused on the protection of girl children as affected by specific gender-based violations in armed conflict. The Conferences are organized with the aim to promote and increase a dialogue within the academic community both at the national and the international level, with a view to contributing to enhance the protection of girl children. 

The Opening Conference, which will be held on November 16, 2020, is aimed at answering the question “Where are we now”, focused on the analysis of the state of art in the protection of girl children. The current pandemic has also pointed out the social risks that girl children are facing. Considering all these factors, the main purpose of the Conference is to identify the international 

instruments that should be used and the legal instruments that can strengthen the protection of girl children and provide a gender empowerment for them through education in the reintegration processes. 

The Closing Conference, which will be held on November 20, 2020, will offer an overview of the future perspectives in preventing systematic gender-based violations against girls and girl children. “Future perspectives” should focus on the need, on one hand to strengthen the judicial protection of girl children affected by armed conflict, and on the other hand to acknowledge the key-function of the implementation of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on WPS in protecting and empowering girl children in armed conflict. 

As a link between the Opening and the Closing Conference, the latter should provide a better understanding of the gender dimension of the violations against children in order to protect them from their commission against them. In connection to the prevention, best practices should be discussed in order to draw guidelines for a future and constructive work of the Network.