On Mother’s day last year, one of my friends told me that her daughter’s school awarded all the moms with a certificate of appreciation. This really touched her and as she is a stay at home mom, she was overwhelmed and told that she has never felt valued as a mother. That’s why this award was special to her.

This stayed with me and made me wonder – Why moms do not feel valued? Why are there no awards to appreciate all the work they do? There are many women awards but there is nothing specific to moms. So when I came to know about Inspire beyond motherhood awards, it made me happy and proud at the same time.

What are Inspire beyond motherhood awards?

These are awards which are the brainchild of two amazing moms and mompreneurs Prerna Sinha and Nirupama S who are the co-founders. They thought of starting these awards to celebrate moms and their achievements. Inspire beyond motherhood awards is a movement, an effort and a celebration of moms who went through many hurdles in life to be successful in whatever they chose to pursue. Whether they reinvented themselves or paved a way to shine in the field of their interest.

Nirupama and Prerna – The co-founders

The inspire beyond motherhood awards event –

The award ceremony recently happened in the Orchid hotel Mumbai on 5th May to honour moms who go beyond motherhood. Mansi Joshi Roy was the special guest.

It was organised in association with Radio Mirchi (Happiness and Associate partner), Shaili Chopra founder of SheThePeopleTv (Digital partner), Neha Kare founder of UNIMO(Community partner), Shweta Saxena of Women Tv India(Web media partner), NGO partner Srujnasupporting partner Meenakshi Bhalerao of Prutha Foundationcreative media partner Seven Seas SolutionsInner Being (associate sponsor partner), Yogi Today and VLCC (gifting partners) The official make-up artist was Purrvi Sinha of Alluring bridesand  official dress designer was Puja Mann Verma. The Emcee for the event was Former Television anchor for Zee Wion and Runner Up of Gladrags Mrs India 2018 Francesca Mascerenhas Valladares of thechicaway.

There was a panel discussion before the award ceremony on the topic – Is motherhood our glass ceiling? The panellists were Mansi Zaveri (founder of Kidstoppress), Kiran Manral, Rakhi Vaswani, and Sonia Kulkarni (The Pinkathon Brand Ambassador and Moderator and the co-Founders of I.N.S.P.I.R.E Beyond Motherhood Awards Prerna Sinha and Nirupam S. It was great listening to the panel and their thoughts about it.

The award categories –

There were many different categories for Inspire beyond motherhood awards like-

Fitness Gurus,

Education Icons,

Social Influencers,

Writers,

Mompreneurs,

Corporate professionals,

Artists,

Cooks,

Ideators,

Champions who have survived against all odds,

Moms who make a social difference.

My award –

I won an award as an education icon and it was truly an honour for me. I write about education from the heart to connect with other parents easily. The turning point after becoming a mom was the time when I decided to do something in the field of education and got involved with other institutions as a mom and as an educationist. The new initiative which I recently took is called – Education buddy. It is a portal to bring everything related to education at one place and help parents, students and educators to get what they are looking for.

Inspire beyond motherhood awards

I came back with a lot of good memories to cherish forever. Also, this award made me realise that getting an award means more responsibility. This award is the dream come true and surely a big motivation for all my future work.

My takeaway from the event –

It is a great initiative and hats off to Nirupama and Prerna for recognising moms in different fields. It was heartening to see the mom community coming together and appreciating each other. Although the journeys are different, challenges are different, and stories are different – but in the end, we are all moms and we are in this together.