International Childfree Day

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International Childfree Day is celebrated annually on 1 August.[1][2][3][4] It was created in 1973 in the United States[5] by the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, at the time the National Organisation for Non-Parents (N.O.N.), under the name of Non-Parents' Day.[6][7] The day is aimed at celebrating people who voluntarily choose not to have children and to foster acceptance of the childfree choice.[8][9][10] It has also been described as "a day of celebration worldwide for those couples who have faced criticism, ridicule, and rejection because they chose to be Childless by Choice."[11]

The initiative, resurrected in 2013 by author Laura Carroll,[9] also bestows annual Non Parent of the Year Award, which initially consisted of a male and a female.[6] As of 2018, the 'male' and 'female' categories were replaced by Childfree Person of the Year (a person of any gender identification) and Childfree Group of the Year (a couple, duo, trio, or a group, whether childfree romantic partners, social media groups, forum leaders, or website founders).[12] Winners include Belgian writer Théophile de Giraud and American author Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon in 2013.[13][14] The 2020 winners were Elizabeth Hintz, an American doctoral candidate who "has dedicated her professional career to understanding and normalizing childfree experiences", and the Russian internet community "Childfree", which "has helped so many people to find a point of support in so pro-child, so patriarchal Russian society."[15]


  1. ^ "International Childfree Day (1/8): 1 op de 10 millennials wil geen kinderen".
  2. ^ "Why I chose to never have children and why it's time to stop the judgement".
  3. ^ Kevin O'Connor, Insights into Uganda, 2006, page 56
  4. ^ gjs. "Meer dan 1 op 10 Belgen tussen 25 en 35 wil geen kinderen".
  5. ^ "We're for Sydney". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-10-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Carroll, Laura (1 August 2015). "Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2015 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year".
  7. ^ "Whoa, Baby: UMaine Sociologist Celebrates International Childfree Day – UMaine News – University of Maine". 30 July 2013.
  8. ^ Blackstone, Amy (2014). "Childless… or Childfree?". Contexts. 13 (4): 68–70. doi:10.1177/1536504214558221.
  9. ^ a b "International Childfree Day – Population Media Center". 5 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Privacy settings".
  11. ^ Wells, Jane (31 July 2013). "Sex sells—but not always".
  12. ^ "How to Nominate the Childfree Person of the Year and Childfree Group of the Year". Retrieved 2018-10-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Past Childfree Award Winners – International Childfree Day".
  14. ^ "Five Reasons More Young Couples Are Going Childfree". Psychology Today.
  15. ^ "The Winners! The 2020 Childfree Person & Group of the Year!". International Childfree Day. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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