Mission and Vision

Make Mothers Matter (MMM), formerly know as Mouvement Mondial des Mères/World Movement of Mothers, is an international NGO which was established in 1947 at the UNESCO in Paris. MMM federates a network of associations in about 30 countries, which represents more than 6 million mothers around the world – or indirectly 20 million people. MMM is an association with no political or religious affiliations, and has a general consultative status with the United Nations.

Vision

When mothers are heard an respected, informed and supported, they become key partners. And as partners, they must be consulted and involved in development projects, especially those that directly impact them or their family.

Despite the variety of their situations, living conditions, and cultural contexts, mothers have a lot in common, including their desire of a better world for their children.

Mission

Make Mothers Matter’s objectives are:

  • To empower mothers for peace and human security;
  • To support mothers in assuming their responsibilities inside and outside the family: education, participation in the labour market, participation in social and civic life;
  • To reaffirm and get recognition from decision makers and political institutions for a mother’s role in the family, in teaching her children, and the social and economic value of her work
  • To fight all forms of violence, exclusion, exploitation, and discrimination against mothers.

(Extracts from the Bylaws of Make Mothers Matter)

The Mother’s Charter

Make Mothers Matter works in accordance with the Mother’s Charter to fulfill its mission.

Extracts:

A mother’s influence goes far beyond the home – It impacts through her role in the family and community and her contribution to the economic and social development of her country.

The organisation of family and social life has to take into account the fundamental equality between a man and a woman while recognising their complementary nature. A woman must be free to choose her state of life and allowed fulfillment in all her activities in the home and outside.

Public organisations should acknowledge the importance of the education given by the family through financial support and appropriate legislation.

The role of a mother within the family is as irreplaceable as that of the family in society.

 

Latest News from MMM and its Network

Let’s unite in solidarity!

18.12.18

Mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, let’s unite in solidarity! During the Holiday Season, MMM member associations are mobilised. Let’s support their actions with generosity! Happy Holidays to all!

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Viallaite: a little step… but a huge impact, or how to improve nutrition and reduce infant mortality

15.12.18

Viallaite, an association active in Cameroon, joins the MMM network. Its objective is to encourage breastfeeding and healthy nutrition, to guarantee good health for both mother and baby.

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Stop Sexual Violence Against Women – And restore their dignity

14.12.18

This is the leitmotif of Mamas for Africa, a new member association of Make Mothers Matter, active in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Statement on the Work-life balance Directive proposal negotiations: A swift agreement is needed more than ever

03.12.18

Today, a trialogue meeting among the Council of the EU, Parliament, and Commission to reach a common text on the EU Work-Life Balance Directive proposal is taking place.

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Civil Society Joint Statement: Time to stop obstetric violence

25.11.18

Brussels, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Mothers need positive pregnancy and birth experiences, as well as respectful maternity care. Worldwide, laws and practice still do not

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Making social protection work for and with mothers

20.11.18

UN New York , 63rd Commission on the Status of Women - MMM Statement highlights that the 2 main pillars of social protection, health and income security, are particularly relevant for mothers and their children

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