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

Families play a pivotal role to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

15.05.19

On 14th May, Make Mothers Matter celebrated the International Day of Families by hosting a seminar highlighting the importance of engaging mothers and families as changemakers for sustainable development.

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Early Childhood Development – and Mothers – matter for Peace

03.05.19

Press Release - The Executive Committee of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) has appointed MMM as member of their Advisory Board. ECPC is founded on the idea that early childhood is a critical window

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Seminar on the role of families in the circular economy – 14 May 2019 EESC Brussels

15.04.19

Make Mothers Matter is organising in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee a seminar on “the Role of Families in achieving the Circular Economy” on the occasion of the International Da

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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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Maternity Protection and addressing the Care Gap must be part of any social protection policy that seeks to empower women

01.04.19

UN New York – This was the core message that MMM presented in a panel discussion held on the margins of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63).

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CSW63 key recommendations for social and maternity protection for mothers welcomed by MMM

31.03.19

UN New York – The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) concluded on Friday 22nd March by the adoption “by consensus” of its “draft agreed conclusions”.

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