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

21 September 2018 International Day of Peace – Parents have a key role to play for world Peace!

18.09.18

Press Release - Mothers are at the heart of a culture of peace. Together with fathers, they are the primary caregivers and educators of children, and they can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and susta

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Portrait of a (working) mother

01.09.18

UN Geneva - MMM is delighted to support a photo exhibition illustrating mothers' challenges and choices (or lack of it) in combining professional work and family.

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Mothers’ Rights are Human Rights – MMM at the 38th Human Rights Council

07.07.18

UN Geneva / HRC - Through oral Statements, MMM brought the perspective of mothers to the discussions on several issues, including the return of migrants to their home country, engaging men and boys for Gender e

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Human Rights Council Room - HRC38

Empowered mothers can provide the nurturing care which is so important for Early Childhood Development

07.06.18

UN Geneva - In a written Statement ahead of the Human Rights Council, MMM draws attention to the challenges faced by mothers in ensuring the necessary nurturing and caring environment during the critical first

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International Conference #Mothers4Peace – Report, presentations and resources

07.06.18

Mothers are at the heart of change for a culture of peace - at family, community, national and international levels.

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ILO’s push for gender equality at work is welcome but will require action beyond Labour sector

04.06.18

UN Geneva / International Labour Conference - MMM oral intervention commends the International Labour's Organisation's Women at Work Initiative and its new "push for equality". It also reaffirms the urgent need

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