Reaching the Girls, a Save the Children report, focuses primarily on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), examining why girl soldiers aren’t reached by efforts to release child soldiers and reintegrate them back into society. During one 10-month period, for instance, 1718 boys were demobilized compared to only 23 girls. This disparity has been consistent over a number of years despite the fact that girls are recruited/abducted as extensively as boys. One reason for this situation is armed groups’ unwillingness to release girl soldiers, seeing them as possessions and claiming that they are “wives” rather than child soldiers. Negative judgments about girls associated with armed groups are also a chief obstacle to their reintegration into their communities. This study not only analyses the situation of girl soldiers in the DRC, but also makes recommendations for how to ameliorate it through practical actions. Read full report.