Of East African Indian origin, my mother was culturally bound to be a stay-at-home mom. Growing up with my young widowed Mummy, I saw her as a nurturer— a provider of comfort.
Early in my early teens, I left home to study abroad. Three years later I was reunited with my Mummy; I began to be aware of her deep focus on bringing up her kids- all eight of them- to have an education, to be regular in prayers, and to be morally upright. She’d would say, "This is what your Papa was about," and that we would be honouring him if we strived for these goals. Independent of others’ watchful eyes, my Mummy stood steadfast in her values of bringing up her children with dignity.
Today, a few weeks before her 96th birthday, I honour her legacy with this Empowered Woman Charm. Her arms spread like wings, she welcomes all possibilities as her reality. She is strength amplified by her innate need to be the bearer of responsibility to humankind.
It’s befitting also that we honour ALL women and their strength on this International Women’s Day, March 8th with the Empowered Woman Charm.
Proceeds from the sale of this Empowered Woman Charm will directly support other strong women in shelters across Ottawa:
The Shepherd's of Good Hope
Cornerstone Housing for Women
St. Joe's Women's Centre