Between 10% and 30% of children used for military purposes are believed to be girls, who are used in virtually all armed conflicts worldwide, mainly but not only in non-state armed groups. Like boys, girls are often used for combat, and they are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation. 

Girls who are returning to civilian life after leaving military groups can face additional difficulties, due to the social stigma attached to the belief (accurate or not) that they have been engaged in sexual activity. For this and other reasons, existing reintegration programmes, which are designed mainly for boys, may not meet the needs of girls.

Child Soldiers International's projects in Democratic Republic of Congo are supporting the reintegration of girls formerly in the country's many armed groups. We published a report, What The Girls Say, in June 2017 revealing the shocking experiences many girls endure in DRC's armed groups and the difficulties they face once back home. We are working to change this and as of 2018, our projects - alongside our local partners - have helped 177 girls return to education.