We can do better by our youth and by mothers!
Originally posted on Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz:
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Groups could use this opportunity to educate our youth about sexual health by providing information about and promoting safer sex. Instead, the Candie’s Foundation has decided to release an ad campaign that shames teen mothers and devalues motherhood. These ads, which stigmatize mothers of all ages, are endorsed by various celebrities who seem to be clueless about the message they are sending to mothers across the globe.
One of the more appalling ads states: “You’re supposed to be changing the world…not changing diapers.” Since when did changing the world and changing diapers become mutually exclusive? Plenty of women of all ages have changed the world and changed diapers. Just take a look at some of the amazing young mothers that work with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), such as Leydi and Gloria, who are powerful women and young mothers. The young mothers highlighted here will provide you with plenty of examples of young women standing up for their rights as young moms and working to make a collective change.