Make Mothers Matter at the United Nations

“We face multiple challenges in our changing world, but one factor remains constant: the timeless importance of mothers and their invaluable contribution to raising the next generation. By rewarding their efforts and enhancing their living conditions, we can secure a better future for all.”

Bank Ki-Moon: Secretary General of the UN
Message on the International Day of Families, 15 May 2009

It is to recall this reality that MMM has been working with the UN since 1949.

Advocacy at the UN New York, Geneva and Vienna: which impact for mothers?

MMM raises the awareness of member states on the difficulties experienced by the mothers but also on their power of transformation...

General Consultative Status: which means for MMM advocacy work at the UN?

MMM enjoys the highest level of Consultative Status, which sets the framework for MMM's actions at the UN Economic and Social Council.

Mothers and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda

Directly concerned by the 2030 Agenda and most of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mothers are also essential partners for their implementation.

Thematic focus: unpaid family care work, essential but invisible and unrecognized

Estimated at 10 to 40% of GDP depending on countries, 2/3 of this work is carried out by women, specifically mothers. It is the first obstacle to their economic empowerment.

Latest News from MMM @ the UN

MMM calls for redefinition of ‘work’ to encompass both paid & unpaid work

28.09.22

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM took the opportunity of a panel discussion on the future of the right to work in the context of Climate Change, to call for a more holistic view of 'work', where both paid

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Sharing the Care to address mothers’ poverty in old age

26.09.22

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - In this recent oral intervention, MMM once again highlighted the vital link between the inequitable distribution of unpaid care work and women's ability to benefit from an adeq

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Using the Right to Development to transition to a Wellbeing Economy that recognizes and supports Care

22.09.22

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM's intervention to the Council stresses the need to recognize the central role that unpaid family care work plays in our economy and society, and identifies the Right to Dev

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Peripartum mental health issues must be better recognized and addressed

26.08.22

UN Geneva - Answering to a call for input on a draft joint OHCHR/WHO Guidance note on mental health, human rights and legislation, MMM called for a specific focus on maternal mental health, highlighting the hig

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Care is a collective responsibility

13.07.22

UN New York - Our virtual #HLPF event, which took place on the margins of the annual UN conference that assesses progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, saw expert speakers discuss why #SharingTheCare at

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Climate Change impacts mothers’ unpaid care work

03.07.22

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - Responding to a call for input by the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change, MMM highlights the specific impacts of climate change – notably in terms of loss and damage - o

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