We support young boys on their journey to manhood.
Our work is led and shaped by people with lived experience and history of being impacted by violence. Decades of efforts to prevent this inequitable system have failed because the most crucial voices and actors, boys and men, were overlooked and not considered in all programs and fight aimed at ending violence against women and girls.
We look system-wide to identify opportunities for the greatest impact. Alongside lived experts, we engage across the ecosystem – from the boys and men we work with, to policymakers to front-line workers and everyone in between – to create and co-implement novel, scalable solutions that will create a safer, equal and just world for all.
We work to ensure that boys and men take the lead in the war against violence against women and girls. Our theory of change focuses on involving men in positions of leadership and influence to engage other men and boys in efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls, and end gender inequalities, as a critical means to transform structural and institutional inequalities. When this process of boys and men leading the solution to a problem they perpetrate happens continuously, we create proximity at scale.
Where We Work
The rural communities we serve face severe neglect and lack of support. Within these communities, a distressing reality unfolds, as one in every four girls falls victim to rape perpetrated by boys and men. Furthermore, the absence of fathers in the lives of these boys contributes to a concerning trend: 71% of school dropouts among boys can be attributed to growing up without a father. This fatherlessness also has far-reaching consequences, as evidenced by the fact that 85% of youths in prisons have experienced the absence of a father figure during their upbringing.
The impact of fatherlessness extends beyond the criminal justice system. A striking statistic reveals that 80% of rapists exhibiting displaced anger were raised in fatherless homes, highlighting the link between absent fathers and deviant behavior. Tragically, this absence also takes a toll on the emotional well-being of children, with 63% of youth suicides occurring in fatherless homes. Moreover, an alarming 85% of children with behavioral disorders come from homes where fathers are absent.
These concerning trends are further exacerbated by the rise in gang membership, which has seen a drastic increase from 50,000 members in 1975 to a staggering 1,150,000 members in 2008. Disturbingly, 90% of homeless children find themselves in such circumstances due to the absence of a father in their lives.
However, at Boys Champions, we are dedicated to reversing these distressing statistics. Through our comprehensive programs, nearly 100% of boys and young men who engage with our initiatives successfully complete their education, pursue meaningful careers, become advocates for empathy and gender equity, and take a stand against violence targeting women and girls.
Our transformative approach seeks to empower boys and young men, equipping them with the necessary tools to break free from the cycle of violence and fatherlessness that plagues their communities. By fostering education, career development, empathy, and a commitment to gender equality, we aim to create a brighter future, where every individual can thrive and contribute positively to society.
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