THE EFFECT OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
The velocity with which crime is escalating in the entire world and the extent of moral decadence in our societies, raised eye-brows on the effectiveness of the role of women in child upbringing. Women, from word go, have been vested with the responsibility of bringingup children in an acceptable standard of morality. Many people are of the view that women empowerment is the major basis for increased crime and immoralities from juvenile delinquency. The questions yet unanswered are whether the percentage of employed women is higher than unemployed ones. Secondly, are the children of employed or empowered women in the greater percentage of juvenile delinquency? Research has proved that poverty, hunger, illiteracy are among the root of juvenile delinquency. The majority of world's poor are women. Two-thirds of the world's illiterate persons are female and a world food price crisis has severe impact on women. These women are already suffering the effects of severe mal-nutrition, which inevitably is their children’s fate. Studies proved that when women are empowered the society benefits, their families are healthier, more children go to school and income increases. Invariably, communities become irrepressible and there is reduction in causes of juvenile delinquencies. To this end, this paper ex-rayed the contribution of women in economic well-being of the family, causes of juvenile delinquency, impact of holy-rod in child upbringing and challenges of women empowerment.
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