We don’t celebrate Mother’s Day. It was not something we celebrated when I was growing up when fractured family relationships made it an ironic holiday and I never started celebrating it when I gave birth to my first child as a “teenage mother” – mostly because I didn’t have the money to buy myself chocolate. I have identified as a feminist since I was a teenager but it wasn’t until I joined Mumsnet (who, for all the shit they get, probably saved my life when I had PTSD) that I began to celebrate International Women’s Day instead.
I love International Women’s Day which recognises the work of all women in securing a safe world for our children. I would not have the academic qualifications I have now if it were not for the women without children around me who helped me raise my daughter and who made me a better mother. Without Vanessa, Maria and Catharine, I would not be the woman I am today. They gave me the gift of love and friendship which is so much more powerful than a box of chocolates can ever say.
This year for Mother’s Day, I urge women to support other mothers the way I was supported:
- Shanesha Taylor who was arrested for leaving her children alone in the car whilst she went on a job interview.
- Marissa Alexander who is looking at 60 years in prison for defending herself from her abusive partner without physically harming him
- the women currently living in refuges being supported by Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Aid, or Nia
- Refugee women and women seeking asylum
This is just a brief list of the organisations helping mothers. There are so many others working with little money supporting increasing numbers of mothers. Please make a even a small donation today so that all mothers have a chance to mother their children safely and securely.