In armed conflicts around the world, children and adolescents are subjected to egregious violations, such as sexual violence, killing and maiming, abduction, and recruitment and use as child soldiers. The day-to-day lives of these children are further disrupted by attacks on their schools and hospitals, and by the denial of humanitarian assistance.

Although tangible progress has been made in recent years to hold perpetrators accountable and to prevent future violations, there remains an urgent need for more effective programs and policies to address the needs of children affected by armed conflict. 

As a network of international non-governmental organizations, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict strives to protect children in war zones. Together with our local and international partners, we strategically collect and disseminate information on violations against children throughout the world and use this information to advocate for change.

Watchlist provides its partners with technical support and advice to strengthen their ability to monitor abuses, to advocate on behalf of children in their communities and to respond to the immediate needs of victims.

Watchlist then takes the information directly to key decision-makers at the UN Security Council where we recommend policy changes and advocate for the adoption and implementation of global child protection policies.