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. It also plays an important role at an international level, notably for the protection of Human Rights. The EU 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 while 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 have a positive impact on their children, family and society as a whole. MMM aims to support mothers and help them develop their independence.

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

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: advocacy on the reconciliation of work and family life has been one of the delegation’s primary areas of work, guided by the results of the 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 along with fathers, are 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 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

Mothers, key agents of change

17.11.19

UNESCO - On the occasion of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, Gabrielle de Milleville, our representative to UNESCO, delivered a powerful message on behalf of MMM and all mothers. Before the Membe

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Beyond Maternity Protection: Mothers need more than just leave policies

11.11.19

UN Geneva - MMM took part in an event organized on 8 November by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Maternity Protection: "A Century of maternity protection:

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Supporting mothers and families essential for Early Childhood Development and Peace

05.11.19

UN Geneva, Geneva Peace Week - MMM had the privilege to represent the Early Childhood Peace Consortium at an event organized by Arigatou International on "Rethinking Peace theory and practice: enhancing peacebu

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Single mothers need support, not stigmatization

31.10.19

UN New York, CSocD58 - In the written statement that it submitted ahead of the next session of the UN Commission on Social Development, MMM draws attention to single mothers’ specific vulnerability to poverty

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Beijing+25 – MMM highlights Motherhood wage gap in discussions on Gender Pay Gap

31.10.19

UN Geneva, Beijing+25 UNECE Regional Review - MMM seized the opportunity to speak at the session on the Gender Pay Gap of the intergovernmental meeting to draw attention to the linkages between motherhood and t

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Beijing+25: #FeministsWantSystemChange – Mothers too

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UN Geneva, Beijing+25 - MMM was actively involved in the preparations for the CSO Forum that took place on 28 October, just before the UNECE intergovernmental meeting to review the implementation of the 1995 Be

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