Wonder women

Rhonita Patnaik
Filed on March 18, 2021

March 21 each year is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society

In the UAE, the day pays tribute to mothers who impact lives and work tirelessly to change and make a difference along with how important mothers are in promoting prosperity, success, and growth in communities.

On this day, the UAE recognises and remembers with appreciation and reference the great efforts made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and Mother of the Nation, in terms of development, advancement and empowerment of women, particularly mothers.

Pursuing the steps of the Founding Father, Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE leadership extends special support for women, paving the way before them to practise their political, social and economic rights, including education, work and parliamentary life, based on values of justice, equality, citizenship and gender balance and equality.

We call her by different names - mummy, mom, ammi - but she is universal for all of us. Today, a mother is not just a mother anymore. She is a homemaker, entrepreneur, caregiver, businesswoman, top honcho; you name it.

Being a mother comes with a great sense of responsibility. Children thrive when they have a secure and positive relationship with their mother - a father's role is equally important. But we all know in our hearts that a symbiotic relationship between a mother and a child is crucial for a positive upbringing. However, children can also change a mother's life. We have four women who talk about the positive turn their lives have taken since they became mothers.

Anamika Bannerjee, a teacher by profession and biker by choice, has been a hands-on mother for her special needs child. She says that motherhood has made her a more compassionate human being.
Hricha Saraf, who owns the cloud kitchen Padosan, talks about her happy life where she plays multiple roles of a mother, wife and entrepreneur.
For Aanya Aggarwal, motherhood has only made her more disciplined. Working from a very early age, Aanya is today a social media influencer in the UAE and a mother to a toddler.

Fashionista Victoria Duncan is empowering women of all shapes and sizes to feel more confident in their skin. She says that since becoming a mother she has developed her fashion skills with her kids. It has made her more patient and able to think objectively.

The women above are just few of the many who have taken great efforts to don many roles in their lives. We salute every mother out there whose continuous efforts have created better lives for us all.

Fakeeh University Hospital is celebrating Supermom's 10th Awards Night on March 21 at Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hall in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The platform is dedicated to honouring, inspiring, connecting and empowering mothers to unleash their best. It gives mothers a unique opportunity to tell us about their talent and inspiring motherhood journey.

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