Today Write Tribe is extending to you another opportunity to blog about a taboo subject and break the silence around it.
You are invited to Talk About Infertility
We have with us today Gitanjali Banerjee to share with us her thoughts on the subject and to extend to you an invitation to blog and join her to create awareness about her new initiative.
Gitanjali studied International Relations from JNU, worked as a teacher, and then moved on to follow her heart. Juggled with freelance writing and blogging. Has worked with Airtel , Educomp, MakeMy Trip, PolicyBazaar. She is the founder member of InfertilityDost, India’s first website that focuses on the rising issue of infertility in India. Having braved infertility for 10 years herself, she resolved to do her bit by spreading awareness and extending support to the couples who suffer in silence and pain. A content manager by profession, she blogs avidly, loves to travel, read and cook.
Take it away, Gitanjali!
Let’s Understand Infertility
Firstly, infertility is a disease like any other. When a couple seeks medical intervention to assist them with conception it is called infertility treatments. It can be resolved simply by procedures like IUI, IVF, ICSI etc and when nothing works a couple can consider surrogacy, adoption or even staying child free.
Being Called Banhj
In India, infertility stops being just a disease and gets related to all sorts of questionable and vague ideas like it is caused due to past life bad karma or blamed onto woman’s life choices (social drinking, wearing of high heels, more focussed on career, cares less for husband, isn’t disciplined about religious rituals etc.) thereby licensing society to call women undergoing infertility by condescending tag of “banjh” (infertile). On some happy occasion they aren’t even allowed to participate for the fear of them bringing bad luck.
And, just when you start thinking that this doesn’t happen in metros or among educated people, trust me; the situation is worse. There is an eerie silence around this subject. Couples often get taunted and poked with intrusive questions so they go to any length to hide and avoid getting tagged. The social taboos around infertility catalyzes in enhancing the already existing physical, emotional, financial and relationship stress. Depression, stress and domestic violence are just some of the outcomes.
InfertilityDost, is India’s first website that facilitates couples to brave infertility with support and knowledge. We hold hand, facilitate right guidance so that couples can take good decisions and stay away from misleading advertisements and fraud clinics, answer their queries by connecting them to experts, keep them motivated throughout this tough phase of life, reinforcing their strength and hope, helping them #StandUp and fight society’s stereotypes and prejudices, and simply reassuring them that everything is gonna be all right.
What InfertilityDost Wants To Achieve
Studies have shown that women suffering from infertility have stress level that equals a cancer patient. Unfortunately, the social apathy for infertility patients is appalling and transcends sane logic. We want to #BreakTaboos and #BreakSilence around infertility. More than 150 million couples in India suffer infertility in pain and silence. We need to give them an understanding social environment so that they can manage infertility better. We must educate the society by #Spreading Awareness and #Talking Openly about infertility
Often it is seen that it is the woman who bears the brunt of infertility. The social and family pressures play havoc with their life which actually comes to a standstill. They forgo their career, become reticent, and add to it the physical trauma of treatments. Amidst all this, woman begin to question their self worth. They get influenced and take wrong decisions. We want to empower woman by providing support and information to take the right decision and to follow the choice that makes them (and only them) happy.
With real life stories we inspire and educate. We openly talk about various aspects of this journey so that they don’t feel alone. Couples undergoing infertility treatment just need a sensitive environment to heal their emotional bruises and fight back with grit.
This is a call to all bloggers to help us create a sensitive and compassionate environment.
~ Gitanjali Banerjee
The Contest opens on 26th September 2016 and closes on 9th October 2016 midnight (extended to October 16 midnight).
- Write a post about the subject of infertility. Your post can deal with the taboos, myths and shame surrounding the subject and include personal experience, as far as possible. The contest is open to both men and women.
- Participants must be residents of India.
- Bloggers must put this link at the end of their post, making sure to hyperlink correctly
This blog is to #SpreadAwareness about Infertility through Infertility Dost, India’s first website that facilitates couples to brave infertility with support and knowledge. You can find other links on Write Tribe.
- Use the hashtag #InfertilityNotATaboo in your title and social media sharing.
- Add your post to the linky below.
- Use the Twitter button below to tweet this post.
1st prize – Rs 2500/- Amazon voucher
2nd prize – Rs 1000/- Amazon voucher
Best Blog Written by a male or from a male perspective – Rs 1000/- Amazon voucher
- Write Tribe has not received any compensation for this. We are doing this because we believe in the cause and are certain that your words can make a difference.
- The generous prizes have been decided by Gitanjali Banerji. She and InfertilityDost assume full responsibility for prize fulfillment.
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