Reconciliation of work and family life

MMM advocates the free choice of mothers and families to opt, at certain moments of their lives, to give priority to their family responsibilities and increase family presence.

Essential for mothers – and for fathers, this free choice is conditioned by the existence of policies to reconcile family life and professional life, which must include, among other things:

  • Child-birth related leave (maternity, paternity, parental leave).
  • Specific leave to deal with situations where assistance and care for relatives are needed.
  • A sufficient level of remuneration for these different types of leave.
  • The development of a diversified offer of childcare infrastructure and services.
  • The generalisation of flexibility in the world of work, not only for women but also for men.

The reconciliation of family and professional life, while being particularly debated at the European level, is an issue for all mothers, whatever their socio-economic and cultural context.

 

Recent news on the reconciliation of work and family life

#MothersMatterforEU

20.05.19

European Union, Brussels - With European elections just around the corner, our EU delegation went behind the scenes at the heart of decision making - the EU Parliament - to get reactions from MEPs about what re

Read more

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

Read more

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 2019 concerning the u

Read more

The world’s richest economies have a problem, and the good news is: womenomics can fix it

06.03.19

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - This is in essence, the message of MMM in its oral Statement on Women's Right to Work.

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more