Advocacy work at the European Union

The European Union adopts legislative and non-legislative initiatives that have a direct impact on the lives of European citizens. The EU also plays an important role at international level, notably for the protection of Human Rights and is an important partner of the United Nations and the biggest donor for development aid.

In this context, the MMM European Delegation focuses on supporting and empowering mothers and highlighting how their contribution at social and economic levels matters for Europe’s future development.

The Delegation works to influence European policies and legislation to bring about positive changes in the lives of mothers, which will, in turn, have a positive impact on their children, family and the whole of society. MMM aims to support mothers and help them develop their independence.

At the European Parliament, MMM works with the following Commissions:

Our work is carried out in a transparent manner in accordance with the Transparency Register established by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

MMM’s main areas of work at the EU

  • Mothers and the Economy: the reconciliation of work and family life has been one of the delegation’s primary areas of work, in accordance with the results of the 2011 MMM Survey What matters to mothers in Europe.
  • Mothers and Health: We work to promote human rights in childbirth (including maternal mental health  and the fight against obstetric violence) and the prevention of  child obesity.
  • Mothers and Peace: MMM promotes the idea that a culture of peace begins during early childhood within families. Mothers have a major role to play as they are with fathers the primary educators for their children in the prevention of violence and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

What the MMM Delegation do

  • Raise awareness among policymakers of the challenges faced by mothers (European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, Council of the European Union etc.)
  • Propose concrete measures to support mothers
  • Monitor and research policies that impact mothers and their families.
  • Analyse these policy measures and communicate the views of mothers to be taken into account in the preparation of legislative proposals.

 

Partners

MMM collaborates on a regular basis with many European NGOs, notably with Age Platform Europe, COFACE, Eurochild, Eurocarers, the European Women’s Lobby, Maternal Health Europe, etc.

Since December 2016, MMM is a member of the Social Platform. It is the largest network of European civil society organizations active in the social sector. Its mission is to promote policies that contribute to social progress for all, based on human rights. 

 

 

 

Latest News from MMM and its Network

21 September 2018 International Day of Peace – Parents have a key role to play for world Peace!

18.09.18

Press Release - Mothers are at the heart of a culture of peace. Together with fathers, they are the primary caregivers and educators of children, and they can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and susta

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Portrait of a (working) mother

01.09.18

UN Geneva - MMM is delighted to support a photo exhibition illustrating mothers' challenges and choices (or lack of it) in combining professional work and family.

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Mothers’ Rights are Human Rights – MMM at the 38th Human Rights Council

07.07.18

UN Geneva / HRC - Through oral Statements, MMM brought the perspective of mothers to the discussions on several issues, including the return of migrants to their home country, engaging men and boys for Gender e

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Human Rights Council Room - HRC38

Empowered mothers can provide the nurturing care which is so important for Early Childhood Development

07.06.18

UN Geneva - In a written Statement ahead of the Human Rights Council, MMM draws attention to the challenges faced by mothers in ensuring the necessary nurturing and caring environment during the critical first

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International Conference #Mothers4Peace – Report, presentations and resources

07.06.18

Mothers are at the heart of change for a culture of peace - at family, community, national and international levels.

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ILO’s push for gender equality at work is welcome but will require action beyond Labour sector

04.06.18

UN Geneva / International Labour Conference - MMM oral intervention commends the International Labour's Organisation's Women at Work Initiative and its new "push for equality". It also reaffirms the urgent need

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