Principal Investigator: Professor Rosa Freedman, University of Reading
UN peacekeeping operations conduct invaluable work in protecting civilians, peace-building and state-building around the world. Yet a very small minority of the more than 100,000 peacekeepers deployed every year commit sexual offences that harm the very people they were sent to protect. Despite many attempts to address and reform the system for prevention and accountability, much work remains to be done. This project tackles one thematic issue of peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse – how to protect and safeguard children in peacekeeping operations. Deploying interdisciplinary methods and lenses, working with a network of civil society organisations within host countries and troop-contributing countries, and through work with the UN and member states, the project will focus on a range of prevention, awareness-raising, and safeguarding strategies that will enhance the protection of children in such contexts.