The U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that integrate child protection and child empowerment into efforts that address conflict prevention, conflict, and post-conflict
situations, focusing on promoting knowledge and recognition of grave violations of human rights against children.
Grave violations, as defined by the United Nations, are killing and maiming of children; recruitment or use of children as soldiers; sexual violence against children; abduction of children; attacks against schools or hospitals; and denial of humanitarian access for children.
Preventing and punishing grave violations committed against children remains key to U. S. government equities and interests.
The goal of the program is that children affected by armed conflict in Nigeria and/or Ethiopia are better protected from grave human rights violations and abuses and that perpetrators are held accountable for the most serious violations of children's rights, specifically the recruitment or use of children as soldiers and sexual violence against children.