Everyone deserves a second chance

By Samukeliso

The idiom everyone deserves a second chance seems to apply to everyone else in society except to the one group that deserves it the most – teenage mothers-. Teenage mothers are often stigmatised and written off in society as misfits. Between having to drop out of school, dealing with shattered dreams and the scorn of the family. Most girls often feel alone and rejected during this period. More so in our African culture a single mother is considered damaged goods. People often view teenage mothers as loose and being without principles or morals.

It is during this period that mothers often need the support and encouragement from family and friends and sadly more often than not it is never forthcoming. One would think that society would be understanding and offer these youngsters the support and care they need but this is not always the case. As a society we need to change our attitudes towards this vulnerable group and extend to them the second chance they much deserve. Mistakes are made as no one is perfect but no one has to be persecuted forever. Even the Bible clearly states that there is no one perfect while the so called society expect a girl child to play the JESUS character.

As a woman I feel there is a need for the society to get rid of patriarchal values, a mistake is a mistake regardless of sex. Thus, a girl child also deserves a second chance to work towards a brighter future .The society has to understand that the mistake has two people involved, hence the girl child also needs a second chance as much as a boy child needs it. Being a teenage mum doesn’t have to kill the future of a girl child. I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back. Thus, teenage mothers should be given a second chance to shine.

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