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

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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UN Chief denounces ‘the fiction that unpaid care work is not work’

26.07.20

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered a strong and compelling message in his recent Nelson Mandela Lecture: 'Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new social contract for a new era’.

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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

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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UN Chief denounces ‘the fiction that unpaid care work is not work’

26.07.20

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered a strong and compelling message in his recent Nelson Mandela Lecture: 'Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new social contract for a new era’.

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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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Informal education must be recognized, parents better supported

05.07.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - At the meeting with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, MMM drew attention to how, In the context of the pandemic and imposed lockdown, the demand for unpaid care

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Care and Education – Cornerstones of sustainable and just economies

04.07.20

UN New York, HLPF - Invitation to a virtual side-event to the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on 16 July

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MMM responds to Roadmap on European Green Deal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change

30.06.20

Women may be disproportionately impacted by climate change given their more vulnerable socio-economic position.

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