Children born of war (CBOW) is a term that refers to minors and adults fathered by enemy soldiers in times of war through conflict-related sexual violence or consensual (or mixed) relationships. The growing attention to CBOW in research and advocacy has contributed to a greater awareness of this group of war-affected children. Yet, there are clear discrepancies between how CBOW are conceptualized by academics and how they are approached by policy makers. This divide between research and policy risks hampering the support CBOW urgently need. At the same time, many adult CBOW have mobilized for recognition of their experiences. This policy brief suggests that examining the actions of CBOW themselves might provide critical insights for solving the divide.
Mukasa, Norman & Lina Stotz (2023) Children Born of War: Bridging the Divide Between Research and Policy, GPS Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.