Gauri Sawant, born and raised in Pune, is a 37-year-old transgender living in Mumbai for more than 20 years. Despite facing criticism from her family, she completed her transition and later also formed an NGO of her own called ‘Sakhi Char Chowghi’ in Malad, Mumbai. Her motto was to provide a space of freedom to all transgenders, hijras and men who have sex with men (MSMs) in the city. Gayatri, her 16-year-old daughter, was left orphaned in 2001 after the death of her mother, who was a sex worker, died of HIV. Gayatri’s grandmother decided to sell Gayatri to a dealer in Sonagachi, Asia’s largest red-light area in Kolkata. Gauri wanted to save the little girl and she decided to adopt her. As a transgender, it wasn’t easy for her. When she walked on the streets with Gayatri, she was looked down upon by a few people. But a proud mother, Gauri raised Gayatri like every mother does, fighting all odds. Today, Gayatri studies in a well-known school and lives in a hostel. A mother is a mother. There isn’t any assigned gender to be one,” said Gauri in a Mumbai Mirror interview.
Mother’s Day serves as the perfect time to appreciate moms and reflect on their contribution to the family unit, their communities, and ultimately the world. Every mom has a story and a lesson she can teach. We are sharing some of the most #IncredibleMothers we have witnessed, as we approach this special day.
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