This week will mark the third World Childless Week and the organiser would like you to get involved and help spread the word and support those who are childless not by choice
The week was founded by British woman, Stephanie Phillips, and launched in 2017. The online event is held to raise awareness and support the childless not by choice community. In its initial week in September 2017 #worldchildlessweek was tweeted 1.2 million times.
In 2018 World Childless Week reached 85 countries and this year each day will explore a different element of being childless: stories, letters about forgiveness, using art to release emotions, men matter too, how we have empathy, finding our worth in society and how to move forwards.
Need for a global campaign to raise awareness of being childless not by choice
Stephanie was inspired to start the awareness week after recognising the need for a global campaign that supports those who are childless not by choice. Of the women who reached the age of 45 years in 2017, 18 percent were childless at the end of their childbearing years compared to ten percent a generation before, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Stephanie said: “Childless men and women from around the world are starting to find their inner voice to speak out, and reach out, to those who hide their childlessness for fear of shame and judgement. Childlessness is an unrecognised but large and growing minority that the world can no longer shy away from. When women in their seventies tell me they are grateful to find a supportive community for the first time in their life it reinforces the need to create more awareness that help is available from those who understand.”
World Childless Week champions across the globe are supporting Stephanie
Stephanie is supported by the World Childless Week Champions who are all childless not by choice and share the same determination to grow the awareness week. The champions are based from across the world and represent diverse ethnicities, disabilities, genders and sexual orientation.
Jody Day, the Founder of Gateway Women, and an instigator of positive changes within the childless community, was one of the first World Childless Week Champions.
Jody said: “One of the many hidden difficulties of involuntary childlessness can be social isolation. World Childless Week, by bringing together so many different people and organisations amplifies our voices and efforts; in doing so, it makes it more likely that someone struggling in silent grief finally discovers that they’re not alone. The lifesaving and life-changing power of connection cannot be underestimated.”
To find out how you can support the week and get involved, click here