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Remote Delivery of Training

Due to the travel and assembly restrictions related to COVID-19, the Dallaire Initiative has come up with a creative approach to our international training. Fortunately, Rwanda already has a robust cadre of Dallaire Initiative trained facilitators on whom we can lean to deliver our training. As this highly skilled and motivated cadre was eager to get started, we only needed to find a way to reinforce and enable their efforts logistically so they could deliver our training packages from start to finish.

Our approach was to leverage technological tools in order to share the most up to date curriculum, briefing packages, and course content with our cadre of Rwandan facilitators. Concurrently, Dallaire Initiative trainers will conduct a series of live, virtual training sessions on what we call ‘Lead Facilitator Training’. This training is not meant to cover the content — as these instructors are already experienced and knowledgeable

Left to right: Colonel Pierre MAWA, Advisor to the Minister of Defense, George Boyuk, Anthony Di Carlo, Dr. Shelly Whitman, His Excellency Aime Ngoi Mukena, Minister of National Defense and Veterans, Arsene Tshidimu

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

In late January 2020, a team from the Dallaire Initiative travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet with top government officials: the Ministers of Defense, Interior, Human Rights, Gender and Family, and Youth. While there, the team also met with Members of the Communications Branch of the Forces Arm

Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Dallaire Institute, provides a lecture on International Humanitarian Law to senior-year law students at the University of Juba (June 2019).

Announcement- The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security

We are very pleased to announce that in April 2020, Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors officially approved the establishment of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security. The Dallaire Initiative hopes to formally announce and celebrate this change in name and status with partners, friends and supporters in Fall 2020.

The newly-established Institute will seek to deepen collaborations with three main faculties at Dalhousie — Arts and Social Sciences, Health and the School of Law — in addition to establishing a Certificate in Children, Peace and Security, a Dalhousie research network and working group, as well as increasing our capacity to conduct guest lectures and partner on research proposals and grants in order to conduct mutually reinforcing, complementary, and groundbreaking research. This work will extend to deepening our connections to post-secondary and research institutions around the world, especially in our countries of operation.

The Dallaire Institute will continue pushing forward with our important work to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers through practical, prevention-oriented training with the security sector in numerous countries around the world, from our three locations in Halifax, Juba and Kigali.

(PHOTO) Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Dallaire Institute, provides a lecture on International Humanitarian Law to senior-year law students at the University of Juba (June 2019).

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Allons-y Vol. 5 (2021) Call for Papers – Deadline extended

Allons-y: Journal of Children Peace and Security volume 5 (2021) will focus on gender and the implementation of the Vancouver Principles. The coming year will see events, reflections, and new research on the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Building on these events, the next volume of Allons-y is calling for policy-oriented papers from academics and practitioners on how consideration of gender is important for the successful implementation of the Vancouver Principles.

Suggested topics include:

  • Empirical work on the inclusion of women in peace operations in support of Principle 11;
  • The role gender plays in the implementation of the other principles;
  • Guidance on how practitioners can productively move beyond the conception of gender- meaning-women that is all too common in current policy and practice;
  • The relationship between the Vancouver Principles and Canada’s feminist international assistance policy or other nations’ feminist foreign policies;
  • The interaction between the Vancouver Principles and the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations;
  • Or other relevant topics relating to gender, peace operations, and child soldiers.

Allons-y: Journal of Children, Peace and Security publishes three types of articles: commentaries, policy articles, and research articles, and proposed articles should conform to one of these categories. Commentaries provide reflections and analysis by experienced practitioners, academics, and policy makers on issues relevant to the Vancouver Principles. Policy articles form the core of Allons-y and focus on evaluating, sharing, and recommending good practices for policies related to implementation of the Vancouver Principles globally. Research articles provide synthesis of existing research or novel empirical and theoretical findings of relevance to the implementation of the Vancouver Principles.

Interested authors should provide an abstract of 100 words, a short bio, their affiliation, and indicate whether they are proposing a commentary or policy or research article by 1 June 2020 to both [email protected] and [email protected].

Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed by 15 June 2020, and asked to submit their article by 1 October 2020. Peer review and revisions will occur between then and 31 January 2021, and the issue will be published at the end of March 2021.

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K4P Workshop Participants

Winter Newsletter 2020

Civil Society Organization workshops in South Sudan

 

  • In September 2019, the Dallaire Initiative collaborated with three community partners in South Sudan to develop curriculum and facilitate workshops: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), World Vision International (WVI), and SWIGO (Support for Women in Governance). The 3 curriculum packages designed for our joint projects with JHR, WVI and SWIGO were designed with a prevention-oriented and capacity building methodology to enable key stakeholders to be force multipliers in creating awareness about recruitment and use of children as soldiers, as well as increasing skills and strategies to develop protective factors for vulnerable children.
    • JHR: The JHR workshop was very successful with 15 journalist participants. The workshop included a 2-day classroom training on ethical human rights reporting, the issue of child soldiering, and how the media can be used as a tool for preventing recruitment. Following the classroom training, the participants conducted a 4-day field mission to Bor with representatives from the Dallaire Initiative and JHR. The result was the production of high quality and professional print, radio, and television features on local experiences with child soldiering. The journalists commented that they were introduced to a plethora of new journalistic practices, and most notably, this was the first time they were made aware of the influence the media can have in preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers. Following the classroom and field training, many journalists expressed that they felt empowered to continue to use their role as journalists to make a difference on the issue. One participant (September 2019) stated: “The event is so good; we have learned a lot things that will improve lives of children in the country.” The workshop resulted in requests from all 15 participants and their media houses for more resources (technical skills and support) that could assist them in raising community awareness about the prevention of the recruitment and use of children through print, radio and TV programs.
    • SWIGO: In partnership with SWIGO, the workshop trained and mentored 15 women leaders from various women-led organizations in South Sudan. Following a 2-day training workshop, the project participants made action plans on facilitating community dialogue or a community-based activity focused on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers in South Sudan.
    • World Vision: In partnership with WVI, the Dallaire Initiative conducted a joint project that trained and mentored 12 World Vision Child Protection Focal Points who work at WVI’s Yambio Field Office. The aim of the project was to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Yambio – Gbudue State by further strengthening the capacity of WVI staff to implement a series of prevention-focused, community-based initiatives in line with WVI’s community and systems-based approach to child protection. Following a 2-day training workshop in Juba, and upon their return to Yambio, the participants began implementing community action plans for the coming 6 months that focused on the prevention of recruitment and re-recruitment of child soldiers in the region.

 

Vancouver Principles Workshop

  • On 14 November 2019 the Dallaire Initiative and the Rwanda Defence Force cohosted a workshop that brought together regional countries and partners in Kigali to discuss ways to prevent children from being used as weapons of war. The workshop coincided with the 2nd anniversary of the Vancouver Principles, a Canadian-led initiative which seeks improve child protection standards by nations that contribute troops to UN Peacekeeping missions.
  • The workshop theme was, “Honouring two years of the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers with a focus on effective implementation.”. The theme was chosen to highlight the VPs in responding to the issue of recruitment and use of child soldiers around the world.
  • Rwanda is a founding endorser and the first African country to endorse the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers. Rwanda also spearheaded the 2015 Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians in UN peacekeeping.
  • The workshop aimed to raise awareness of the VPs and provide a platform for stakeholders to agree on a harmonized strategy for the implementation of the VPs. This included building strategies on how to engage those states that haven’t yet endorsed the VPs, share best practices from different countries, and problem-solve anticipated challenges with implementation.
  • In addition to high-level representation from across the Rwandan government and UN agencies, the workshop was attended by delegates from nine countries, including Canada, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic, Republic of Congo.

 

K4P workshop

  • Launched in February 2019, our Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) project aims to develop predictive models for better estimating numbers of child soldiers, as well as incorporate child-centred indicators within early warning system monitoring of mass atrocities. Through this knowledge development, K4P seeks to improve prevention mechanisms to better protect children in conflict environments.
  • In October 2019, the Dallaire Initiative, in partnership with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the University of Oslo, hosted an international symposium for the K4P project. It brought together a diverse group of academics, practitioners, and policy makers with expertise in child soldiering, peacekeeping, genocide forecasting, peace research, and international law to discuss the project’s approach and foster a network of like-minded individuals to improve research, knowledge sharing, and programming related to K4P and the objectives of the Dallaire Initiative.

The Dallaire Initiative Marks The Day Against The Use Of Child Soldiers

HALIFAX, NS – On February 10th, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative), in partnership with Dalhousie University’s Open Dialogue Series, is hosting a public discourse to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.  

The discussion will be moderated by award-winning CBC journalist, Nahlah Ayed, and feature two speakers who experienced and understand the impacts of war on children, Omar Khadr and celebrated author and human rights activist Ishmael Beah. The event will also feature the organization’s Founder, LGen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire (ret’d) and Executive Director, Dr. Shelly Whitman.  

The event aims to nurture improved understanding of how children around the world are recruited and used by adults into conflict and violence. By examining the issue from multiple perspectives, the Dallaire Initiative hopes to provide deep and meaningful insights into how children are vulnerable to being recruited and used in violence, that takes many different forms, but ultimately have the same long-term and psycho-social impacts on the children and their communities.  

“As the global organization at the forefront of preventing children from being recruited and used in conflict, we have an obligation to foster public dialogue on this issue, with the aim to  break cycles of endemic violence around the world, and even here in Canada,” says Dr. Whitman.  “We understand this is a highly complex issue, but one that deserves serious attention if we are to achieve peace and security. The Dallaire Initiative is proud to be able to continue to convene timely and critical discussions that bring together diverse groups here at our institutional home in Halifax – Dalhousie University.”

The discussion is part of Dalhousie University’s Open Dialogue series which brings the community together for thought-provoking conversations focused on timely and relevant topics. The series also supports the university’s vital role in sparking dialogue around important issues.  

The event will also mark the Dallaire Initiative’s 10th anniversary at Dalhousie University. It will be hosted at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and recorded for possible use in an episode of CBC Ideas.


Event Details

What: The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in partnership with Dalhousie University’s Open Dialogue Series, public discourse with Omar Khadr, Ishmael Beah, and LGen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire 

When: Monday, February 10, 2020. Registration starts at 5:30, doors open at 6, event 7-9 

Where: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre6101 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 

Note: For security reasons, all coats will need to be checked and no large bags will be allowed into the auditorium.


Media Advisory 

We anticipate a high level of media interest in this event. There will be limited space for media. 

All media-related inquiries in advance of this event will be solely handled by the Executive Director of the Dallaire Initiative, Dr. Shelly Whitman. Omar Khadr will not be speaking to the media.  

  • Media organizations wishing to attend the event must apply for accreditation by emailing: [email protected] with their name and media outlet.  
  • If accepted, media must present media and personal identification upon arrival to the media reception desk. 
  • There will be an area for media reserved in the Rebecca Cohn and media must remain in this area during the event. 
  • Photography, video and audio recordings of the event are not permitted.  

Media contact 

Aimee White, Chief of Staff

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

902-456-0400

[email protected]


About the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative  

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Founded by retired Lieutenant-General and celebrated humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a global partnership committed to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers worldwide, through ground-breaking research, advocacy, and security-sector training.

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The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative remporte 3 millions de dollars pour le projet national du Soudan du Sud


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L’Initiative Dallaire annonce un programme national dédié aux enfants soldats au Soudan du Sud grâce à une subvention du gouvernement canadien d’un montant de 3 millions de dollars

Tout au long de ce projet de renconforcement des capacités d’une durée de trois ans, l’Initiative Dallaire œuvrera avec des forces de sécurité nationales et internationales à l’effet de mettre fin au recrutement et à l’utilisation d’enfants soldats, une mission indispensable qui se situe dans le droit fil de l’ensemble des efforts destinés à rétablir la paix au Soudan du Sud.

Halifax (N.-É.) — Grâce à une subvention de 3 millions de dollars d’Affaires mondiales Canada, la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative apporte au Soudan du Sud son approche mondialement reconnue axée sur la prévention en vue de mettre un terme à l’utilisation et au recrutement d’enfants soldats.

« Notre expérience et notre approche visant à protéger les enfants de leur recrutement et leur utilisation comme enfants soldats à l’échelle du continent africain et au-delà font de l’Initiative Dallaire l’entité la mieux à même de proposer une approche d’élimination progressive du phénomène d’enfants soldats dans l’environnement difficile que constitue le Soudan du Sud », déclare Shelly Whitman, directrice générale de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

La crise en cours au Soudan du Sud a donné lieu à une utilisation massive et généralisée d’enfants soldats par toutes les parties au conflit, une situation qui a valu à ce pays d’être accusé de violations graves commises à l’encontre d’enfants dans le rapport de 2016 du secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé.

Ce projet vise à protéger des garçons et des filles du Soudan du Sud de leur recrutement et leur utilisation comme enfants soldats en œuvrant avec des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité (en particulier les forces nationales, les Casques bleus et des acteurs de la sociétés civiles) afin de renforcer les stratégies destinées à prévenir l’utilisation des enfants comme armes de guerre. Pour ce faire, l’Initiative Dallaire, de concert avec des partenaires locaux, entend offrir des formations et mener des activités de sensibilisation dans le but de changer les attitudes et les comportements concernant l’utilisation des enfants comme armes de guerre.

L’engagement du gouvernement du Canada à l’égard de ce projet et la priorité accordée à la protection des enfants traduisent l’engagement pris lors de la Réunion des ministres de la Défense sur le maintien de la paix des Nations Unies organisée à Vancouver en novembre 2017. Au cours de cette conférence, l’Initiative Dallaire et le gouvernement du Canada ont lancé un nouvel ensemble de normes mondiales appelé Les principes de Vancouver sur le maintien de la paix et la prévention du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats.

Le projet au Soudan du Sud s’appuiera sur le modèle innovant à l’échelle nationale de l’Initiative Dallaire relatif à la protection des enfants de la guerre. Grâce à une formation des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité fondée sur une approche descendante et des initiatives de sensibilisation et d’éducation communautaires axées sur une démarche ascendante, l’Initiative Dallaire propose une approche globale destinée à protéger les enfants de la violence, des conflits et de la guerre, un modèle élaboré et mis à l’essai en Sierra Leone et qui, et ce moment, fait l’objet d’une mise en œuvre en Somalie.

L’Initiative Dallaire s’efforcera de favoriser l’apprentissage et les échanges, tout en fournissant de la formation et de l’assistance technique, selon que de besoin, afin d’élaborer des stratégies de protection de l’enfance et des mécanismes communautaires pratiques de consolidation de la paix au Soudan du Sud au lendemain du lancement officiel des activités le 1er avril 2018. Ce projet, qui durera trois années, s’achèvera officiellement en 2021.

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Pour toute demande presse, merci de communiquer avec :

Josh Boyter

Directeur des communications, La Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

[email protected]

1 902 494 2392 (bureau)

1 902 489. 6767 (cellulaire)

À propos de la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Basée à l’Université Dalhousie à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, au Canada, l’Initiative Dallaire est reconnue comme étant le seul organisme au monde qui s’appuie sur une approche axée à la fois sur la prévention et le secteur de la sécurité pour s’attaquer au crime contre l’humanité que constitue le phénomène d’utilisation d’enfants soldats. Fondée par le lieutenant-général à la retraite et célèbre humanitaire Roméo Dallaire, la Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative est un chef de file qui s’engage à éliminer l’utilisation et le recrutement d’enfants soldats partout dans le monde, à travers des recherches révolutionnaires, des activités de plaidoyer et la formation des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité.

Au sujet du projet

La crise en cours au Soudan du Sud a donné lieu à une utilisation massive et généralisée d’enfants soldats par toutes les parties au conflit, une situation qui a valu à ce pays d’être accusé de violations graves commises à l’encontre d’enfants dans le rapport de 2016 du secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé. En 2016, les Nations Unies ont confirmé 169 cas de recrutement et d’utilisation qui ont touché au moins 1 022 enfants, 61 % ayant été attribués à l’APLS (574) et aux autres forces de sécurité gouvernementales (50). Des enfants ont également été recrutés et utilisés par l’Armée populaire de libération du Soudan dans l’opposition (115), l’Armée populaire de libération du Soudan dans l’opposition alliée à Taban Deng Gai (207), et plusieurs autres groupes d’opposition.

En posant le problème comme étant une priorité particulière pour les intervenants du secteur de la sécurité, l’Initiative Dallaire entend renforcer les capacités des personnes engagées dans les opérations de paix au Soudan du Sud en vue d’améliorer les politiques et les stratégies destinées à prévenir le recrutement et l’utilisation d’enfants soldats.

Dans l’ensemble, le projet vise à protéger des garçons et des filles du Soudan du Sud par le biais de l’élimination progressive du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats en soutenant l’APLS, la MINUSS, ainsi que des organismes internationaux et communautaires à travers les axes ci-dessous :

  • Le renforcement des capacités des intervenants du secteur de la sécurité en vue de prévenir le recrutement et l’utilisation de filles et de garçons comme soldats.
  • L’intégration de la prévention du recrutement et de l’utilisation d’enfants soldats dans le processus global de rétablissement de la paix au Soudan du Sud.
  • Le renforcement des stratégies de protection de l’enfance par la société civile et les communautés en vue de prévenir le recrutement comme enfants soldats des garçons et des filles à risque.

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