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

Conference of ministers of employment and social policy

15.10.20

13 October 2020: The Employment, Social Policy and Health Consumer affairs Council of the EU (EPSCO) held a virtual debate on the equal participation of women and men in the labour market. They

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MMM joins the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

17.09.20

We are delighted to announce MMM’s recent joining of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), a collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working towards a wellbeing econom

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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.

Placing Care & Education at the heart of a new economic system

28.07.20

UN New York, High Level Political Forum - report and recording of the MMM Side-Event

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World of work must adapt to people and families – not the other way around

07.07.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM contributed to the discussion on the report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against women by offering 3 recommendations.

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Latest news on Mothers and the Economy

Covid-19: ‘we need a Care & education-led recovery’ says MMM President

18.11.20

Speaking at the UfM Women4Mediteranean Conference 2020, MMM President Anne-Claire de Liedekerke also called for radical change in the way we perceive and value Care, education, and those who are responsible for

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Joint Statement for a Framework Directive on Minimum Income

12.11.20

In a joint statement on 12 November  2020, together with numerous organisations, we called on the European Commission to respond to the Council Conclusions of October 2020, on “Strengthening Minimum Income P

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Conference of ministers of employment and social policy

15.10.20

13 October 2020: The Employment, Social Policy and Health Consumer affairs Council of the EU (EPSCO) held a virtual debate on the equal participation of women and men in the labour market. They discussed way

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MMM joins the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

17.09.20

We are delighted to announce MMM’s recent joining of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), a collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working towards a wellbeing economy, i.e. an

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Women’s unpaid care work must be considered in the realisation of the right to water

17.09.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM contributed to the discussion on the progressive realisation of the human rights to safe water and sanitation by bringing to the attention of the Council the importance of

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Care – and mothers – must be at the center of systemic changes to our economy

15.09.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - During the discussion on the impact of Covid-19 on Human Rights, MMM echoes the UN SG on the importance of Care, and calls on governments to move towards a more caring economic

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