Our lines of action

Gender Equality

This initiative calls for a new policy framework so the Commission can continue tackling gender inequality in the EU and beyond.

It will focus on:

  • violence against women
  • pay transparency/gender pay gap
  • gender balance on company boards
  • work-life balance
  • gender issues related to climate change and artificial intelligence (AI).

The EU delegation will

  • Monitor closely and advocate for mother’s rights in the upcoming proposal for a directive on Gender pay gap – transparency on pay for men and women. The idea is to convey the specific discrimination that affects women who are mothers and that lead to differences in pay and pensions. Bringing the attention on single mothers and mothers caring for a child with a handicap for whom this discrimination has even more serious consequences, on their standards of living and that of their children.
  • Monitor the adoption of the upcoming gender equality strategy to tackle the motherhood penalty and to advocate for the recognition of the value of unpaid family care work.
  • Advocate for the validation of informal and non-formal skills acquired when performing unpaid care work. As a follow up to the EU public consultation MMM responded to. Maternity develops a new set of skills in women, especially the so-called soft skills.

Child Guarantee

 The EU delegation will advocate for Europe to invest in mothers and families under the European Child Guarantee initiative and follow closely its development.

The Child Guarantee is planned to be included in the next EU budget and will integrate strategies to fight child poverty and promote children’s well-being, focusing in particular on 4 vulnerable groups:  children with a handicap, children with a migrant background, children living in institutions and children living in vulnerable situations.


News from the MMM European Delegation

Mothers march with a pen


Our education campaign launches at the London School of Economics (LSE).

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How to engage consumers in the circular economy?


As part of #Circ4life, an EU Horizon 2020 Research Project, Make Mothers Matter conducted three consumer surveys in order to uncover how to better engage end-users in the circular economy.

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Invitation – CSocD58 Side-event on single mothers and homelessness


UN New York, Commission on Social Development - to raise awareness of the specific vulnerability of single mothers in relation to homelessness and its impact on children.

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Don’t talk to me about my mother


An op-ed by Roland Vaxelaire, MMM Board member, published in La Libre Belgique a daily newspaper in Belgium.

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Parent education, a major challenge


UN New York - MMM Statement at the High-level interactive dialogue on the occasion of the International Day of Education reaffirms the essential role of parents in children's education and calls for policies to

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Beijing+25 – Time to focus on unpaid family care work


UN New York, CSW64 - In a statement submitted ahead of the 64th Commission on the Status of Women, MMM highlights the specific perspectives of women in their role as mothers, and calls for policies that address

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Single mothers need support, not stigmatization


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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