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MMM joins the World’s Biggest Mama Meet up

Mama meetupOn March 8th, 2018, International Women's Day, Make Mothers Matter is joining the campaign launched by Mindr and the United Nations Foundation's Global Moms Challenge. The World's Biggest Mama Meetup is asking mothers around the globe to come together, wherever they are, and share in a global conversation about how we can make the world better for all moms, and how moms can make the world better for everyone.

MMM the only global working for and with mothers is very happy that such as initiative is launched highlighting how mothers are changemakers in their communities around the world.

Do you also want to get involved?

  • Plan your meet-up. Are you a mama? Become a #MAMAMEET2018 Ambassador by planning a gathering (online or off, with one friend or one hundred!), or join a planned meetup. Are you an organization or group? Plan an event in your workspace or with your network. Love mamas and unsure how to become involved? We need you, too! Host or join a meetup and play an important role in this global movement. You can discuss about any topic which concerns you!
  • Tell us how you're going to participate using the hashtag #MAMAMEET2018.
  •  Meet! Around the world, we'll all be meeting up on March 8th and being part of to a global #MAMAMEET2018 conversation about how mamas can harness our power to lead the way to a better future. If you're in NYC, join the flagship event at the United Nations.
  •  Be counted. Share photos and experiences using #MAMAMEET2018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and tell us how many people were in your group and what you discussed. We'll add you to the tally for the World's Biggest Mama Meetup!

Let's celebrate Motherhood



International Conference "Mothers4Peace”
Casablanca, Morocco
3rd and 4th May 2018

Mothers, agents of change for a culture of Peace
Solutions at family, community, national, international levels

Showcases and exchanges on concrete examples on the transformative power of mothers and fathers in families and the need to integrate the specific approach of women who are mothers into decision-making at all levels.

We have the honor to count as speakers:

  • HRH Esmeralda of Belgium, author of Femmes Prix Nobel de la Paix
  • Maggy Barankitse, Burundian Humanitarian “L’ange du Burundi”
  • Gary Barker, Brasil, Director and founder of Promundo
  • Rima Salah, Rima Salah, PhD, assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center and former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Co author of "Pathways to Peace”
  • Edith Schlaffer, Austria, Founder and Director of Women without Borders
  • Maria Mundt, Denmark, Adviser on women, peace and security
  • Madi Sharma, England, member of the European Economic and Social Committee founder of the Madi group, great mother’s advocate on peace issues
  • Kadija Moufid, Marocco, Founder and president of the Center of family studies and AL HIDN
  • Mohamed Nasraddine Befali, Marocco, founder of CNV-Marocco, non violent communication.
  • Pauline Ambrogi, France, MMM representative at the Unesco 
  • Khadija Moufid, Morocco, Founder and President of the Center for Family Studies and Values and Law Research, and Founding President of the National Development Association (AL HIDN).
  • Maria Mundt, Austria, Adviser on women, peace and security from Atlantic Treaty Association

If you cannot make it to the conference but you wish to help us, you can make a donation with the mention “mothers4peace”
Belgium : BE51 0689 0237 5162 Swift: GKCCBEBB
France : BNP Paribas - FR76 3000 4003 6400 0100 4629 414 - Swift: BNPAFRPPPAK

For more informations (in french)

2018/01/15 MMM responds to EU consultation on access to social protection

In many Member States there are groups of employed people, particularly in new forms of non-standard employment (work other than full time, open-ended employment) and self- employed, who are left without sufficient effective access to social protection benefits and employment services or are even excluded. It is estimated that up to 50% of these people who are left without sufficient access to social protection benefits (ex: unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, maternity leave, disability benefits, pensions, etc.) and employment services (ex: training, career counselling).
A public consultation on 'Access to social protection in the framework of the European Pillar for Social rights initiative was included in the Commission's Work Programme for 2017 as a response to deal with these concerns. MMM has participated to convey the needs of mothers which prefer to have employee status as opposed to self-employment precisely due to the insufficient access to social protection benefits and services. We also highlighted the need to legally recognize unpaid family care work as being a particular category of work giving access to social protection to caregivers who are mainly mothers.
The purpose of the consultation is to gather further views of interested stakeholders on the challenges, options, impacts and the development and implementation of a range of possible tools at EU-level that could be used in the design of an initiative at EU level.  
For more information or visit this page 

2017/ 12/07 Joint call from civil society to support the swift progress on Work-Life Balance Directive

Today MMM with 9 other civil society networks and organisations representing millions of children, young people, adults and families across the EU issue a joint statement asking the Council to continue negotiating on the work life balance directive proposal without watering it down and remove any barriers slowing down its approval.

On 26 April 2017, the European Commission proposed a Directive to “support work-life balance for parents and carers”, a topic that will be on the agenda of the upcoming EPSCO Council (Employment and social affairs Council) of 7 December 2017.

We have been calling for such an initiative for a number of years and we welcome the proposal because we strongly believe it could have a real impact. The current legal and institutional framework fails to sufficiently address problems faced by parents and carers on a daily basis, and does not provide adequate solutions for the needs of modern societies (i.e. an ageing population, the gender pay and pension gap, and equality in the labour market).

The proposal for a Directive on Work-Life Balance is the right way forward and it must now be swiftly approved and followed up with enforcement and monitoring. Some of the measures included are particularly helpful, such as the introduction of paid paternity leave of ten days, paid carers’ leave, non-transferable paid parental leave (at sick leave level), and the right to request flexible working conditions. These will bring real changes to the lives of many Europeans.

The full statement 

2017/11/25 Statement on International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women: Time to stop obstetric violence

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On this 25th November, La Goccia Magica, CiaoLapo, the Italian Obstetric Violence Observatory and Make Mothers Matter (MMM) spotlight the need to promote respectful maternity care in full compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) statement.[1] We urge Governments to eliminate all forms of obstetric violence, institutional[2] and against women, according to article 12 of the CEDAW Convention.[3]

Many women across the globe still experience disrespectful, abusive or neglectful treatment during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. Women in vulnerable situations are particularly likely to experience disrespectful and abusive treatments.

Although, in some countries (Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil) laws are in place to eliminate obstetric violence, in the rest of the world the phenomenon is not even acknowledged. It is almost impossible for women to report it, as it is considered “normal”, both in medical as well as in legal contexts.

The first Italian survey[4] conducted by Doxa Institute in September 2017, commissioned by national civil society associations of mothers, found that one in three Italian women felt excluded from fundamental choices related to her childbirth.

Finally, we are launching a 16 day campaign until International Human Rights Day on 10th December 2017 to end obstetric violence around the world. To participate, please use #obstetricviolence and #orangetheworld because every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful health care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the right to be free from violence and discrimination.

The full statement 

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