Recruitment and Exploitation of Girls During Armed Conflicts (Donbass Experience)

Keywords: children, girls, armed conflict, recruitment, exploitation, illegal armed groups


The purpose of the article is to study the problem of attracting children to participate in military conflicts, as well as to analyze the experience of Donbass in the issue of involving girls in the activities of illegal armed formations and their indirect participation (exploitation by the military) outside of combat life. Since this problem has not been sufficiently studied by the author, an attempt was made to analyze voluntary and compulsory forms of recruiting girls and the role of propaganda in the media, social and Internet networks, as well as teachers of secondary schools and parents directly in this. A separate analysis of the factors contributing to the attraction of girls, as a specific gender group, to participate in the activities of illegal armed groups is carried out. Particular attention is paid to highlighting the role of factors of social alienation and attraction in the framework of the negative experience of social interaction, in addition, the personal and group motives of girls joining illegal armed groups are studied. A key role in the formation of strategies for attracting girls to join military-patriotic clubs and armed groups in the Donbas is the determination of the individual characteristics of social interaction carried out by a child. The experience of negative social interaction with the immediate environment plays a fundamental role in the process of accepting consent. That is why the article analyzes the dependence of the choice of recruitment strategies for adolescent girls on the factors of social alienation and attraction of those present in their lives.


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