On World Book day, my daughter was asked to go to school dressed as an 'empowered female character'. She chose Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. I love Arya, she's a fierce fighter who never gives up and never gives in. There were, apparently, a fair few Katnis Everdeens (Hunger Games) and Tris Priors (Divergent) at school too - both strong, kick-ass heroines.
But it got me wondering - do you have to kick ass and/or wield a sword to be a heroine?
SOS mothers are the inspiring women who provide long-term and nurturing care to orphaned or abandoned children growing up in an SOS Village. Each SOS mother looks after a group of children, and together they live as a family. The close bond and attachment that children have with their SOS mother often lasts a lifetime.
This video shows what impact just one of these incredible women has had in her life. (Warning: have a tissue to hand!)
Worldwide there are more than 5,250 SOS mothers who care for almost 62,000 children in 546 SOS Children's Villages.
As a mother of two, I am humbled by the strength and spirit of these women who give their love to so many children who desperately need it. They are truly inspiring; they are my heroines.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone.