Mothers and the Economy

With their work and personal investment in their families and their children, all mothers, whether they are in paid employment or not, make a vital contribution to the economy of their country.

MMM advocates to give value to this unpaid family care work, working primarily for a better balance of family life and professional life.  “Care” work must be given much more credit and should not be an obstacle to gender equality and the economic independence of mothers.

Unpaid family care work: vital but invisible and unrecognized

Its financial value is estimated between 10 and 40% of GDP and 2/3 of this work is assumed by women, specifically mothers. It is the first obstacle to their economic empowerment.

MMM in action

Awareness raising and advocacy on the issue of unpaid family care work: recognise, reduce & redistribute

Maternity Protection and addressing the Care Gap must be part of any social protection policy that seeks to empower women

01.04.19

UN New York – This was the core message that MMM presented in a panel discussion held on the margins of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women

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CSW63 key recommendations for social and maternity protection for mothers welcomed by MMM

31.03.19

UN New York – The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) concluded on Friday 22nd March by the adoption “by consensus” of its “draft agreed conclusions”.

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Discrimination in the economic sphere: the “motherhood penalty”

Beyond the first structural obstacle of unpaid family work, women around the world suffer from barriers, sometimes legal, often purely discriminatory - especially when they are mothers

Reconciliation between family and professional life

MMM defends women’s (and men’s!) free choice to be able to devote time to their family responsibilities - without being heavily penalised.

Reconciliation of Family Life and Work

Advocacy for policies of reconciliation between family life and professional life for all - a key area of work at the European level, mais an issue for every mother around the world.

Work-Life-Balance: Eu Parliament voted the new Directive

05.04.19

The EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family cares gained a very large majority, in the European Parliament the 4th of April 2019 (490 votes in favor, 82

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Joint Open Letter to the EU Employment Council:  Congratulations, nearly there!

11.03.19

MMM has joined other eight European civil society networks and organisations to issue a statement ahead of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 15 March

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Latest news on Mothers and the Economy

Families play a pivotal role to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

15.05.19

On 14th May, Make Mothers Matter celebrated the International Day of Families by hosting a seminar highlighting the importance of engaging mothers and families as changemakers for sustainable development.

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Work-Life-Balance: Eu Parliament voted the new Directive

05.04.19

The EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family cares gained a very large majority, in the European Parliament the 4th of April 2019 (490 votes in favor, 82 against, 48 abstentions). The main aim o

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Maternity Protection and addressing the Care Gap must be part of any social protection policy that seeks to empower women

01.04.19

UN New York – This was the core message that MMM presented in a panel discussion held on the margins of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63).

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CSW63 key recommendations for social and maternity protection for mothers welcomed by MMM

31.03.19

UN New York – The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) concluded on Friday 22nd March by the adoption “by consensus” of its “draft agreed conclusions”.

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Quand les Mères s’en mèlent… Ça marche – When Mothers get involved… it works

29.03.19

March 26th Paris - MMM France celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Assemblée Nationale in what was seen as a successful model of a ‘working dinner’. The evening titled “Quand les meres s’en mélent

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‘Care has no value in our economic systems’ says Sociologist Maria-Angeles Duran

19.03.19

UN New York – The topic of Care took centre stage at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We at MMM argue that despite its lack of market value in economic systems, the future of society through its chil

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