The Son Initiative
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The Son Initiative was founded in 2014 by one young woman and two men to train, equip and mentor boys especially from non-functional families to be men of virtues. Doing our work is an assurance that the girl child will fall in safe hands tomorrow as a wife, a mother, citizen and worker so will be the case for the entire community. Our approach is solving the girl child problems from the boy child point of view. We believe men play a vital role in solving girl child challenges. Men have not been given a front line opportunity to be part of interventions in the challenges facing the girl child in Uganda. Many have suggested girl education and empowerment, arresting abusers and having boys as allies on addressing challenges faced by the girl child among others which is right. However, just being allies is an understatement of how boys can be part of the solution to girl child challenges. Our approach rather suggests raising boys as men of virtues which addresses the underlying or casual factors of the girl child dilemma. The girl child problems can be best viewed from a present- future perspective; who marries off the young girls? , who sexually abuses the girls? , who batters the women? It is the neglected boy today who becomes a man tomorrow. Our programs aim at promoting respective, responsible and productive living among boys and men. However, the over all aim is to address challenges of women by empowering men.