STUDENTS and mothers from Hilton Special School celebrated International Women's Day yesterday in the school compound in Suva.
Parents and children came together to share intimate messages of love and gratefulness in light of the global celebration, which will officially be marked today.
Mother Kolianita Alfred from Tonga said the day was important because the struggles faced by mothers of children with disabilities was a very challenging affair.
Mrs Alfred, who has a nine-year-old son with cerebral palsy, said she gave up her job in 2006 to be with her son John.
"I think it's really important that people take the time to acknowledge us in this way, it allows us time to feel special, but also we get to explain to people who don't have kids with disabilities that there is a major challenge we deal with every day and to be acknowledged for it feels great," Mrs Alfred said yesterday.
"Today (yesterday) is all about us mums and our families and to build stronger communities and to see us all supporting each other like this is so encouraging."
Some of the children stood up and told the gathered crowds about what their mothers mean to them and the special roles they play in their lives.