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

Statement on the Work-life balance Directive proposal negotiations: A swift agreement is needed more than ever

03.12.18

Today, a trialogue meeting among the Council of the EU, Parliament, and Commission to reach a common text on the EU Work-Life Balance Directive proposal is taking place.

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civil society joint statement: time to stop obstetric violence

25.11.18

On this day, we would like to spotlight the need to promote respectful maternity care and the involvement of women and women’s groups in decisions concerning childbirth policies and practices in full complia

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Making social protection work for and with mothers

20.11.18

UN New York , 63rd Commission on the Status of Women - MMM Statement highlights that the 2 main pillars of social protection, health and income security, are particularly relevant for mothers and their children

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Civil society joint statement: What voters want from the EU Work-life balance directive

05.11.18

In half a year, European citizens will be called to vote for a new European Parliament and give an indication on whether they are satisfied with the current leadership or wish to change it. Leaders and parties

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MMM defends women’s participation in the conduct of public affairs

01.11.18

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council 39th Session - Mothers are directly concerned by many human rights issues. Through its statements, MMM makes their voices heard and highlights their contributions - especially in

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Advocating for family needs in the Work-life balance EU directive proposal

31.10.18

Since the European Commission published a proposal of EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family carers in April 2017, MMM has been actively following the legislative process and engaging with pol

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