Ditto. Women are very underrepresented in the field. For many of these girls, their future is teenage motherhood.
Boys in these countries don't need empowerment; law, religion & tradition ensures that they get whatever they want. If anything, they need to be taught that women are not second class, that assault & rape are wrong and that a married man earns a living to support his family, and does not cheat on his wife and, after infecting her with HIV, leave her sick & alone to support the children he helped make. Good luck to any NGO seeking government approval to implement such a program!
Economic independence is the only way women in these countries can overcome the laws, religion & traditions working against them. Empowerment means they have the confidence to fight for changes to laws so they are treated as equals, plus the strength to stand up to religious leaders. At the same time, being self-sufficient means they don't have to marry or remain stuck in a bad marriage.
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