About the Video

Gauri Sawant born Ganesh Sawant adopted her daughter even though it is illegal for transgender people to adopt children. “There’s no gender in being a mother,” she says. Sawant, left her family at an early age to come to Bombay. While working at a NGO, Gauri came across her daughter, Gayatri. Gayatri had been orphaned in 2001, when her mother who was a sex worker, died of HIV.

Theres no gender in being a mother

The child’s grandmother was going to sell her into slavery when Gauri met her. She decided to adopt her, and since then the two have shared a very close mother daughter bond. Gayatri is now studying to be a doctor and lives in a hostel.

Gauri’s inspiring story came to the forefront when Vicks portrayed her journey with Gayatri in an ad which has since its release been watched more than 9 million times.

Gauri is full of life, confident and above all very loving.

We went to Gauri’s house to talk to her about her journey and what it is like being Gayatri’s mother. Gauri is full of life, confident and above all very loving.

She has formed an NGO called Sakhi Char Chowghi Trust which promotes safe sex and provides counselling to transgender people from Mumbai. Her house is full of colleagues who adore her, and whom she has made feel safe.

Also Read: Ad Showing True Story Of Transgender Mom & Daughter Is A Big Hit

Vicks Ad’s Mother Gauri Sawant Redefines What It Means to be a Transgender Mom

Gauri Sawant born Ganesh Sawant adopted her daughter even though it is illegal for transgender people to adopt children. “There’s no gender in being a mother,” she says. Sawant, left her family at an early age to come to Bombay. While working at a NGO, Gauri came across her daughter, Gayatri. Gayatri had been orphaned(…)

About Charvi

Posts by Charvi:

North Eastern Women Are The Most Empowered In India: Report

In an effort to gauge the development of women living across the country, HT calculated “The Women Empowerment Index” (WEI) for every state. The National Family Health Survey released recently was used for reference. What is WEI? WEI is a cumulative score derived after considering eight important factors. Participation of women in household decisions, ownership of(…)

More

World Health Day: How Companies Are Trying To Ensure Employee Wellbeing

Stress at work can reportedly lead to depression. These cases are particularly high in a developing country like India where the nerve-wracking pressure to perform and deliver is at an all-time high. But the good news is that workplaces across the country have started understanding the implications of burdening their employees with too much work.(…)

More

Marked Rise In Number Of Indian Women Pursuing MBA

The number of Indian women pursuing Masters In Business Administration is reportedly increasing. The report comes at a time when the dialogue around roping in more and more women for leadership positions is gaining a lot of importance.

More

Meet Pallavi Singh Who Teaches Hindi To Foreigners

Pallavi Singh from Mumbai makes a living out of teaching Hindi as a foreign language to expats and foreigners living in India. She spoke to SheThePeople.Tv about her inclination towards the language and the pedagogy she adopts to make her lessons interesting. She has done two Bachelors in Engineering and Psychology. “I have a diploma(…)

More

5 Reasons Why Everyone Must Watch Poorna

Poorna-Courage has no Limit hit the theatres on 31st March. Besides garnering positive views, the movie has managed to inspire an entire generation. Here are 5 reasons why everyone must watch Poorna.

More

How Phone Romeos Can Make Life Hell: Women Share Stories

With more and more telecom companies reducing their tariffs, India is witnessing an unprecedented growth in the number of phone users. While this revolution has been facilitating many lives, there is one stratum of the society bearing the brunt of this so-called era of seamless communication. Women, across different age-groups, are being targeted by “Phone(…)

More

PwC’s New Report Focuses On Winning The Fight For Female Talent

PwC’s new report, Winning the fight for female talent, explores how organisations are making substantial efforts to deliver on their gender diversity attraction goals. It aims at emphasizing more on hiring female talent to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage. The report involves views of 328 executives and 4792 professionals from over 70 countries.(…)

More

10 Inspirational Quotes By Poorna Malavath

The biopic of Poorna Malavath, the young tribal girl who scripted history by becoming the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest, hit the theatres on Friday. The movie — Poorna: Courage Has No Limit — is garnering positive reviews from across the country. Besides doing the unthinkable at a young age of 13, Poorna has(…)

More

Punjab Scores Low On Sex-Ratio, Beti Bachao Scheme Implementation

Punjab has been termed as the “worst performing state” in terms of child sex-ratio. Not just that, it has also failed miserably in the effective implementation of the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme, meant to elevate the status of the girl child by providing families with appropriate incentives.

More

Peggy Whitson Beats Sunita Williams’ Record For Most Spacewalks By A Woman

Peggy Whitson, known for her array of astronaut-achievements, has added another feather to her cap. She has reportedly made history by breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman. The record was previously held by Sunita L. Williams who had performed 7 spacewalks by logging 50 hours and 40 minutes. Whitson has been in(…)

More

National Creche Policy Makes Day Care Facility Accessible To All

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is in the process of formulating a National Program for Creche and Day Care facilities. According to the proposal, this facility is to be made available to children between six months and six years and a daycare home needs to be within the radius of one-and-half kilometres from either the home or the workplace of the mother.

More

Share Your Stories:

Discussions

Blogs

Events