Problems associated with Girls as a result of the boy child not being empowered: a case study of Kawempe Division, Kampala District
Kintu Kasadha, Robert
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This study employed a qualitative research design and 10 in-depth interviews with key informants were conducted. Participants were purposively selected. Selection was focused respondents considered to have relevant information and knowledge about child empowerment. Data collected was analysed through thematic data analysis. The study results show that the participants understood child empowerment differently, because of COVID-19 pandemic. The study established several dangers that result from failure to empower the boy child such as alcoholism, drug abuse, burglary, robbery, suicide, rape, defilement, school dropouts, early marriages, teenage pregnancies, single motherhood, separation, and divorce. Children that are not empowered experience emotional difficulties, have suicidal thoughts, nightmares, think of revenging, and experience moments of denial. Lessons from the study points at the need for strong community wide campaigns aimed at addressing various local meanings on empowering the boy child and reconciling these meanings with global definitions. Such campaigns should be intentional at explaining the various risk factors for the boy child not being empowered so that parents and other community stakeholders address them.