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

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MMM calls for Investing in Mothers to foster social development and justice

27.01.24

UN New York, Commission on Social Development - In a written statement, MMM makes the case for investing in mothers, highlighting the high returns in terms of both gender equality and child rights, and ultimate

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MMM supports the idea of a job guarantee scheme to redress the inequities of care work

30.06.23

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - According to the UN special Rapporteur on poverty, a job guarantee could help solve the paradox of having an insufficient number of jobs on the one hand, and un-met societal ne

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MMM calls for recognition and support of mothers as part of Social Justice

09.06.23

UN Geneva - At the recent plenary meeting of the International Labour Conference, we reasserted the imperative, as part of social justice, of supporting caregivers, in particular mothers, in the world of work.

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Solutions from across the world for single mothers – CSocD61 event recap

19.02.23

UN New York - Our virtual #CSocD61 event, which took place on the margins of the 61st UN Commission on Social Development, brought together expert speakers from varied backgrounds to discuss the situation of si

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Leave no single mother Behind: solutions from across the world

05.02.23

UN New York, CSocD61 - The virtual event we are organizing as part of the 2023 UN Commission on Social Development will draw attention to the specificity of the situation of single parents, in particular single

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For mothers to access decent work we must recognize and redistribute unpaid care work

03.01.23

UN New York, Commission on Social Development (CSoCD61) - In our written statement submitted ahead of this year's Commission, MMM points to the inequitable distribution of unpaid family care work as the root ca

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