Caitlin Haas, IWI's Director of Safe Birthing Programme
I am lucky enough to be the mother of two young girls, Avery (3) and Kiera (1.5), with a third on the way. I do not have one favourite story of motherhood, but more of a series of favourite moments. For me, being a mom is about all the “small” moments that actually aren’t small at all: the victory that comes with a bite of broccoli in the silent food war, the “ah-ha!” light bulb moments, the endless giggles, playing hide-and-go-seek in the same two hiding spots, and silently laying in the grass together. It is about watching them grow into bright, independent, empathetic, spirited young ladies, and knowing that perhaps maybe I had an ever-so-small hand in it (although I know it was 99% luck that they were sent to me).
Meghann Augustus, IWI's Director of Communications
Growing up, I always knew my mother lived through a difficult childhood. But, it’s only over the last few years that I have truly understood her struggle and her pain. I’ve also come to appreciate her in a different way, as a woman who is bold and loud, sometimes stubborn, struggles to be vulnerable but is always loving. And as a mother who is warm, affectionate, protective and nurturing. Her story, her determination and her love of life inspires my passion for gender equality and women’s rights awareness.
Catherine Kelsey, IWI's Social Media Specialist
Maman, Ellie - she is incredible! The most important thing she’s taught me is “be kind, with an open mind” (her rhyme). She’s always reminding me how important it is not to judge people on what you may immediately see. This mantra is everything to her, as she works with children diagnosed with autism. She’s been in situations where children are swearing as loud as a fog horn, when they’ve refused to stand up from a shop floor and when they’ve bitten her arm. This has never stopped her from wanting to help them find coping strategies when the world feels like it’s too much, as well as raise awareness and understanding of autism – without reverting to tired stereotypes. Her passion, love and kindness never waivers – she’s a legend!
Aubrey Shayler, IWI's Founder & Executive Director
This Mother’s Day I honour my mother, as well as the generations of mothers in my family. On both sides of my family women have been at the forefront of managing their families. Of course fathers are, and were respected, however it was women who are the heads of the household. These women were a force of nature, respected for their strength, courage and fearlessness. Without a doubt, all of those qualities were passed down to my mother who encouraged these traits in her daughters. One of my earliest memories was a conversation we had when I was very small. My mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her that I wanted to be a stewardess to travel the world. Without missing a beat my mother stated, “Why don’t you be a pilot instead? That way you can go wherever you want to, when you want to”. As always she was correct. No, I didn’t become a pilot, but I did grow up not once hearing “you can’t do that because you’re a girl”. It was not until I was a teenager that I recognised two things: 1. This is not how most girls were raised, and 2. The name of my childhood was a feminist upbringing. From the beginning, for my mother it was never about teaching me and my sisters how to be a feminist and recognising our worth, it just was our reality.
Gisele Gazolli, IWI's Social Media Coordinator
Gisele Gazolli, IWI's Social Media Coordinator
My mother is my hero and the strongest woman I’ve ever known. As a flight attendant her life was really busy, but she always managed to be around and participated in our development and core values. Being independent and dependable was part of her lessons. She even taught us how to change a flat tire! She has the ability to hear the silence, guess feelings, find the right word at uncertain times, strengthen us when everything around us seems to collapse, and beyond. I’m eternally grateful for everything she did for me, especially for all the love, care and support.
Sana Khan, IWI's Director of HR
My mother is one of the most important motivator in my life. It is because she always encouraged me without ever questioning me, she has stood behind me and supported my ideas, dreams, goals, and career choices. She has instilled in both my sister and me a hard work ethic, and a moral compass always pointing in the direction of compassion.
My mother (Dr. Mumtaz Abbas Khan) is a Medical Doctor and Educationist. She is hard worker, intelligent and always active to help people in need - save lives. She dedicated her life, time, attention, and knowledge to a cause far greater than her own. Now she is heart patient however, still very strong to give support and guidance.
My mother is someone who will do anything for her children and understands without saying any word. She always helps and keeps me, no one can’t replace her place. My mother is my blessing from God and I love her till the last breath of mine.
Martina De Camillis, IWI's News Writer
My mother thought me that I could do whatever I wanted to do and be whomever I wanted to be. She stimulates my creativity and supports my dreams. Whenever I feel stressed out or overwhelmed by my own goals, she reminds me of where I come from and everything we’ve been through, which helps me to put things into perspective. ‘There is a remedy for everything except death’, she tells me every time I am concerned about my future.
Our mum raised me and my sister as two independent young women. She fills our lives with love, smiles and delicious food (thanks mamma!). I will be eternally grateful for her efforts to make us happy, she is the strongest person I know.
Chrystal Minnie of Ontario, Canada, IWI Supporter
Thanks to the help of my mom Darlene, I have been able to raise my two children, my handsome 17-year-old son Ethan and my beautiful 15-year-old daughter Ashlyn, on my own as a single mom.