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Supporting young women who have experienced child loss

PICTURED: Malorie Bantala

AN INTIMATE workshop called Surviving The New ‘Normal’ will take place on the May 25, and is specially designed to support and uplift women under the age of 30 who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth and/or neonatal death.

Organised by the reproductive health organisation OWNIT.ORG with the assistance of a qualified life coach Shai Kurji (@compass_coach), the workshop is designed to help women manage life after loss of a baby as well as meet other people in a safe space who share a similar experience.

Founded by Reproductive Rights Campaigner Malorie Bantala, OWNIT.ORG is a platform that gives young women the opportunity to discuss and learn more about reproductive health, reproductive rights as well as the use of coercion. In society now, this topic can often be misunderstood and can even be a taboo, especially within ethnic communities.

Young women often feel embarrassed to openly discuss any issues they may face, which is why OWNIT.ORG gives women access to information such as rights and laws that protect them as well as a comfortable space to share their experiences.

Malorie Bantala said: “Unfortunately I suffered a stillbirth at 21 and for me the experience was lonely & isolating. The reality is most people at that age are concerned about superficial things and are not emotionally equipped to handle such a tragedy. I know I wasn’t alone, but I remembered how the experience made me feel, all I wanted was to meet other people my age who could relate to my experience but couldn’t find a safe space.

“My aim is to help women learn how to manage their grief in a healthy way - also they will have a unique experience of meeting women of their age group that they are able to relate to. I’ve purposely decided to keep the numbers small and intimate because I just want women to feel comfortable about opening up as it’s a sensitive subject.”

Bantala also ran a campaign in 2018 using the hashtag #amendCDlaw to raise awareness on the Child Destruction legislation after she was a victim of a violent assault during her 8th month of pregnancy. During this she noticed that most women didn’t know their reproductive rights or how the law could protect them which was the initial motivation behind OWNIT.ORG and Surviving The New ‘Normal’.

The workshop will be held on the second floor of the Canada Water Library, located opposite the station. Maximum capacity for this workshop is 15 - so please ensure you purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

This workshop is solely for women who have experienced child loss. To reserve a space visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ownitorg-presents-surviving-the-new- normal-registration-58721002098?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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