Zimbabwe today joined the rest of the world in celebrating Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

It is celebrated on various ways in many parts of the world.

While some see the day as an opportunity to give their mothers lavish gifts and flowers, for the rural women the day carries a deeper meaning much more than just these material things.

At 73 years of age, Gogo Plaxedes Mareke has seen the better of this world.

Many uphold her wisdom which makes her a respected figure in the community.

For a good reason, she is much more than a fountain of knowledge, but a motherly figure and pillar that has kept her family united.

She is among the millions of women like her, honoured across the world for their critical role as mothers and nation builders.

Gogo Mareke is a representation of a mother’s love as she takes us into her house, sets up the table, and opens up to what Mother’s Day means and how it should be celebrated.

Our conversation is filled with deep prudence, making us comfortable to wander into other aspects that have always been a problem in many families, the relationship between a mother and a daughter-in-law.

As the world celebrates Mother’s Day, there are some issues that remain unreported, particularly the issue of unpaid workdone by women looking after their homes and children where global studies estimate that women spend 312 minutes per day in urban areas and 291 minutes per day in rural areas on such unpaid care work.

According to Mai Muchenje, these are issues that policy makers should be looking into.

Recognition of women’s unpaid and care work has been included in goal 5 of the sustainable development goals as a target to be achieved by 2030, and these mothers understand the importance of moving with speed to ensure that this becomes reality.

Across the world, experts agree that empowering a woman is empowering a nation.

A precept from a famous quote reads “of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all”.

At Swan Creek Gardens in Chishawasha, women from all walks of life converged for the Mothers’ Day celebrations.

Selfless, hardworking, caring and loving.

These are some of the words that aptly describe mothers who were under the spotlight as families around the world celebrated Mothers’ Day.

Felistas Murata Edwards popularly known as Mai Titi in the social media indicated that mothers play a pivotal role in the well being of families.

Swan Creek Gardens managing director Leah Nachipo said mothers are an important cog of society as they see to it that children are raised properly.

Anna Jarvis is credited for being the brains behind Mothers’ Day, celebrations which are now highly commercialised with thousands of dollars spent every year in buying gifts for mothers.