FIRSTLY, WHAT’S ENDOMETRIOSIS ACTION MONTH ALL ABOUT?
Every March, people around the world come together to support Endometriosis Action Month.
Action Month is an opportunity to raise awareness, demand change, and show your support for the 1 in 10 women and those assigned female at birth with endometriosis.
If you’ve supported our work for some time, you’ll notice the change of name. Awareness only goes so far – what those with endometriosis need and deserve is tangible action and positive changes to improve care and support. That’s why last year we launched our new initiative, Endometriosis Action Month.
We know that for many the month can also be overwhelming, and we’ll be here to support you if you need us. Don’t forget to check out our support services should you need to reach out to someone.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Every Endometriosis Action Month, and in fact every month, we campaign for better care. For greater understanding. For better treatment and management options. For more research. We want to ensure that all those with endometriosis have access to the right support at the right time.
Action Month is the perfect opportunity to raise our voices and be heard; with governments, the media, employers and medical practitioners. That’s why all month we’ll be highlighting the real impact of living with endometriosis – shining a light on areas including mental health, finances - including the need for Governments to review the way benefits are assessed for those with endometriosis, and the need for greater support in the workplace, and soaring gynecology waiting times. Action is urgently needed to ensure those with diagnosed or suspected endometriosis get the support they need.
The month is just as important for those with endometriosis as it is for those who don’t. Society is so complicit in the ignorance and injustice that surrounds endometriosis, to the point that significant numbers have never even heard of it. This is despite it affecting 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth in the UK. That’s why every year, we raise awareness and demand change – not just during Action Month, but all year round.
WHAT ARE ENDOMETRIOSIS UK’S PLANS FOR THIS YEAR AND HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Whatever your connection is to endometriosis, there are so many ways you can get involved including by:
Sharing our social media graphics to show your support for Endometriosis Action Month or following and sharing Endometriosis UK’s social media posts
Getting involved in a fundraising event or activity
Lobbying your MP/MLA/MS/MSP
Attending an event
Signing up to a webinar on endometriosis
Signing up to our employers event
Make sure you keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for further ways to get involved. We’ll be launching some new and exciting data throughout the month, as well as ways for you to take action to support our campaigns.