1. "The reason I like to tell this story is to educate the incoming generation."
2. "I wanted to explore how gender identities shift when war occurs."
As Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds pointed out at the conference, there are 250,000 child soldiers in the world. A third of them are female.
Among the women she met was Colonel Fanette Umuraza, a senior member of the M23 rebel group. She is a 32-year-old with a university degree in political science, who idolises Angela Merkel and Joan of Arc. She's a proven fighter, and men under her command stand at her attention.