“We will walk every step with our Children”
Southern African Faith Leaders Commit to Respond to Teenage Pregnancy
We, the faith community in Southern Africa (African Traditional Religion, Baha’i faith, Christian and Muslim) view children as whole human beings who need to be loved nurtured and enabled to flourish as they define their space in society. As they grow in the faith community, they develop their own value system and identity that upholds collective generational identity. All our faiths emphasise the value of children. It is our responsibility to be a safe space and provide love and hope as children go through difficult processes and seek second chances.
Our sacred texts and traditions compel us to surround our daughters (and our teenage sons who may be coresponsible for the pregnancy) with compassion, love, care and support. Therefore, we commit ourselves to re-evaluate our approach towards addressing teenage pregnancy in order to accompany our children more effectively. Our sacred texts are clear that we must invest in nurturing and guiding our children.