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

Businesses must address the motherhood penalty and its root cause – the imbalance of unpaid care work

30.06.19

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - In an oral Statement to the council, MMM also called businesses to promote a more equitable sharing of unpaid family care responsibilities and work

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The world of work must adapt to people and families, not the other way around

16.06.19

UN Geneva, International Labour Conference - MMM joins the ILO's call for a push for gender equality, and more investment in human capital We also call for a paradigm shift

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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.

Final adoption of the Work-life balance Directive

22.07.19

Following its adoption by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, the Work-life balance Directive has been finally published in the Official Journal on the 12th of July

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An agreement finally reached by the Council of the EU on the work-life balance directive

23.06.19

After 2 years of intense negotiations among the EU institutions, on June 13th 2019 the Council of the EU Ministers adopted a Directive on work-life balance for parents and caregivers

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Latest news on Mothers and the Economy

CIRC4Life calls for your input on Consumer Surveys

17.09.19

As part of #Circ4life, an EU Horizon 2020 Research Project, MMM is embarking on two new consumer surveys. The aim is to involve end-users in the creation and design of new business models based on the circular

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Huge challenges remain for the realisation of most SDGs – How about empowering #Mothers4SDGs?

01.08.19

UN New York – MMM was at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which took place on 9–18 July at the UN headquarters. The 2019 HLPF completed its first 4 years cycle with the review of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16

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Final adoption of the Work-life balance Directive

22.07.19

Following its adoption by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, the Work-life balance Directive has been finally published in the Official Journal on the 12th of July 2019. The Directive sets a num

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Mothers are not only victims of Climate Change: they also have a specific game-changing purpose

02.07.19

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM calls for the recognition and support of the skills and contributions of women in their multiple roles, including their role in education on sustainable development within

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Businesses must address the motherhood penalty and its root cause – the imbalance of unpaid care work

30.06.19

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - In an oral Statement to the council, MMM also called businesses to promote a more equitable sharing of unpaid family care responsibilities and work between women and men, but a

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An agreement finally reached by the Council of the EU on the work-life balance directive

23.06.19

After 2 years of intense negotiations among the EU institutions, on June 13th 2019 the Council of the EU Ministers adopted a Directive on work-life balance for parents and caregivers with a large majority in fa

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