Just Say No: To Mother's DayAela Mass
Your first reaction to this post might likely be: What? No Mother’s Day?? But that’s the one day devoted just to me!
In fact, when I very first heard of the “No Mother’s Day” campaign, my initial thought was, “As if a mother’s job isn’t thankless enough, now we want to take away their sole celebration?” But then I learned more about who and what are behind this movement. You might be surprised to find out that it’s created by mothers, but more importantly, that it is an effort for mothers.
The No Mother’s Day initiative is sponsored by Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization that was founded by Christy Turlington Burns after the completion of her documentary debut, “No Woman, No Cry.” The film tells the personal stories of pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries and was created as a way to increase education and support for global maternal mortality reduction.
According to the organization, “Hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world die every year from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, creating a rippling effect that devastates children, families, and communities. Almost all of these deaths are preventable.” Not celebrating Mother’s Day is a way to bring awareness to the 360,000 women a year who die from preventable pregnancy or childbirth-related problems.
Your absence from the day has the power to speak louder than any Hallmark card, and it has the power to effect change by bringing a voice (yes, through silence) to mothers around the world who no longer have one.
It’s a way to stand in solidarity and show the world, and your loved ones, what life is like without you without mothers. Your absence from the day has the power to speak louder than any Hallmark card, and it has the power to effect change by bringing a voice (yes, through silence) to mothers around the world who no longer have one. It is your way to help make sure that no other children are orphaned when their mothers die from preventable causes.
Mothers have always been selfless. Their jobs paid only in love. And while they often enjoy the one holiday set aside for their recognition, few realize that Mother’s Day was initially designed by women’s peace groups, specifically by groups of mothers whose sons fought on opposite sides of the American Civil War. From its onset, Mother’s Day was about mothers and families coming together for each other. No Mother’s Day honors the tradition of the past, and allows mothers to once again come together in a self-sacrificing way as only mothers know how.
You are blessed enough to be a mother for 365 days a year. This year, for one day, for Mother’s Day, please join countless others in honoring and bringing awareness to the 1,000 mothers who will die that very day from childbirth or related complications, and to all those who have died in the past. You can be the first step in changing the future for mothers around the world. Be a part of it. Hallmark can wait. These women can’t.
Watch the No Mother’s Day video below to learn more