MMM Advocacy work at the European Union

 

MMM’s work with the Institutions of the European Union – which impact?

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 primary area of work, in accordance with the results of the 2011 MMM Survey What matters to mothers in Europe.
  • Mothers and Health: Maternal health is also an issue in Europe. The MMM delegation’s areas of work include the fight against obstetric violence and ill-treatment, the prevention of obesity and the promotion of maternal mental health.
  • Mothers and Peace: MMM promotes the idea that peace education begins during early childhood within families. Mothers have a major role as their child’s first educators for the prevention of violence and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. In Europe, where the prevention of radicalization among young people is becoming a crucial issue, mothers are best positioned to see the warning signs in their children. It is essential to take mothers into account in the prevention of radicalized youth and to support them in this role.

 

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

INVITATION: International Conference #Mothers4Peace on 3-4 May in Casablanca, Morocco

15.03.18

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

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MMM joins the #WhatWomenWant campaign

11.04.18

We are happy to join the #WhatWomenWant campaign meant to hear directly from at least 1 million women & girls worldwide about how they define quality, equitable and dignified maternal and reproductive healthcar

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MMM speaker at an event in the European Parliament on work-life balance

22.03.18

The Secretary General of the EU Delegation of MMM has been speaking at an Round Table called “A business commitment for a better Work-Life Balance” on 22 March 2018 hosted by Maria Arena MEP and Agnes Jon

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MMM joins the World’s Biggest Mama Meet up

08.03.18

Make Mothers Matter, on March 8th, 2018, International Women's Day, is joining the campaign launched by Mindr and the United Nations Foundation's Global Moms Challenge.

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Every Child ALIVE Campaign

01.03.18

UN News - UNICEF launched the Every Child ALIVE campaign, an urgent appeal to fulfill the promise to keep every child alive.

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Challenges and opportunities for mothers in rural areas

13.02.18

UN New York / 62nd Commission on the Status of Women - Supporting mothers living in rural areas offers the potential for important changes in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda.

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