I recently discovered the No Wedding No Womb Campaign and I have much respect for the message that Christelyn D Karazin is promoting to the black community. Ms. Karazin is the founder and organizer of No Wedding No Womb! (NWNW) an online initiative to address and find solutions for the 72 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate in the African American community.
As a social worker supervisor, daily I work with my staff to teach life skills and parenting skills to single mothers. Our clients are getting younger and younger and it saddens me to see a 21 year old woman with four children; the mom doesn’t have an education or a job, she doesn’t receive any child support from the fathers and limited family support. I believe that majority of women today do NOT know their value or their worth. If women knew that they were MORE than baby makers, they would have standards, take pride in their lifestyle and know that they deserve to be happy, healthy successful and loved, not hurt, angry and abandoned to raise babies on their own. The cycle must stop!!
I have a lot of respect for the NWNW campaign because their trying to educate the black community and break the cycle of black children continuing to be born into single parent homes. We must teach people about the importance of healthy relationships, monogamy, marriage and planning to have children. Gone needs to be the days of hooking up with people and shortly afterwards discovering that your pregnant. That behavior is dangerous, irresponsible and unfair to the children that continue to be born into broken homes. I am not saying that all children born into single parent homes are neglected, but studies show that children benefit from two parent homes. Every relationship/marriage doesn’t work out as planned but at least some people try to make those relationships work, even though they fail.
Here is a little information about NWNW:
- What Is No Wedding No Womb?
No Wedding No Womb is a primary call directed to the black community to take action against the rampant births of children who are born without physical, financial and emotional protection. It is a call for accountability for both MEN and WOMEN to be mindful of the huge responsibility and privilege they have when bringing a child into the world.
NWNW is a double entendre. The phrase has two meanings. The primary meaning of “wedding and wedded”, of course, is the marriage ceremony. The secondary definition means “devotion.” I chose “womb,” because that is the life source of children, it is the place that feeds, protects and nurtures the child.
- Does No Wedding No Womb Seek to Bash Single Mothers?
- Absolutely not. NWNW calls for both MEN and WOMEN to put the needs of children first, and advocates that couples abstain from having children until they are emotionally, physically and financially able to care for them.
- What gives you the right to do this?
I’m a baby mamma’ LISTEN TO MY MISSION: 65535 NO WEDDING NO WOMB-2.’ I do this for my daughter, and my daughter’s daughter, and all the children of our future.
To read more about NWNW and discover the answers to the questions below, please checkout the campaigns website
- When you say, NWNW, are you saying that everyone should get married?
- Is this just another abstinence program?
- Are you bashing black men?
- When you say, “No Wedding No Womb!” are you advocating that women get abortions?
- Aren’t you being judgmental?
**QUESTION** What do you think about the campaign? What do you agree of disagree with? Do you think the campaign will be affective?
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