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

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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MMM highlights persisting gender inequalities at EU levels

20.06.19

On the 31st of May 2019, the EU Delegation of Make Mothers Matter responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on the current EU strategic framework for gender equality (2016-19) and submitted a

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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 to put people and the planet at the c

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#MothersMatterforEU

20.05.19

European Union, Brussels - in the lead up to the recent EU elections, our EU delegation went behind the scenes at the heart of decision making - the EU Parliament - to get reactions from MEPs about what really

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Work-Life-Balance: Eu Parliament voted the new Directive

05.04.19

The EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for parents and family cares gained a very large majority, in the European Parliament the 4th of April 2019 (490 votes in favor, 82 against, 48 abstentions). The main aim o

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Joint Open Letter to the EU Employment Council:  Congratulations, nearly there!

11.03.19

MMM has joined other eight European civil society networks and organisations to issue a statement ahead of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 15 March 2019 concerning the u

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