THIS MONTH'S THEME
Today, there are more than 250,000 children who have been recruited—often by force—to participate in armed conflict worldwide. Many of these girls and boys are stolen from their families, maimed, raped, drugged, used as sex slaves or otherwise abused. Girls comprise more than 40% of the world’s child soldiers.
For decades, the international community has worked to end the use of child soldiers around the world. While we have made progress in international law—namely, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its Optional Protocol—the military recruitment of children under the age of 18 and their use in hostilities continues to take place in one form or another among more than 50 state and non-state armed groups.
Child soldiers are used because they are deemed expendable, plentiful, cheap to maintain and easily indoctrinated by the adults that employ them. They are used as a strategic military tool to advance the interests of persistent human rights violators as a tactic of war. Understanding and addressing their use as part of a weapons system is critical to the global efforts to end the use of child soldiers.
Kutoa is proud to be pledging the collective voice & vote of our global community to support this great cause through our partnership with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative!
 Estimated by the UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict
 2011 figures from the UN Secretary General’s report on children and armed conflict
Photo Credit: UN Photo/Patricia Esteve/UNOCI