Ex-PS calls for empowerment of the boy child

Ex-PS calls for empowerment of the boy child

Former Transport Permanent Secretary Cyrus Njiru has called on leaders to device ways to empower the boy child saying he has since become an ‘endangered species’.

Speaking on Sunday at the All Saints Cathedral ACK Church in Manyatta, Embu, Njiru noted that so much attention has been given to the girl child despite the boy child facing similar or more pressing challenges.

According to Njiru, the boy child faces a myriad of challenges including alcoholism and drug abuse and thus the need for more advocacy to enable him fight for his space.

He pointed out that gender does not refer to women or women’s rights only but cuts across the divide adding that gender consideration to the boy child has been neglected.

“I think boys suffer in different ways from patriarchy and enjoy a different set of benefits as opposed to girls and unless this fact is acknowledged, I suppose problem resolution and transitioning towards equity will be compromised,” he noted.

The former PS said that boys are victimized by various forms of discrimination which adversely affect their individual and collective development and depreciate their societal value.

He called on those advocating for the girl child rights to work hard in addressing the gender imbalances that have created a lift between the boy and girl child.

Written by Paul Barasa

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