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2016/10/27 MMM, member of the European Social Platform


 

On 27th October the European Delegation of Make Mothers Matter became a member of the Social Platform.

Created in 1995, it is the largest network of European civil society organisations working in the social sector. It is now composed of 48 members representing  more than 11,600 national organisations in every EU member state.
Their mission is to advocate for policies that bring social progress to all in the European Union applying a human-rights approach to all of their work to fight for a socially just and cohesive Europe that promotes equality, diversity, solidarity, democracy and human dignity.
The issues they work on can be divided into six key categories:

2016/10/19 Europe Summit Human Rights in Chilbirth

On 19th October 2016 MMM helped organise and was a speaker at the Human Rights in Childbirth Fourth European Summit. It took place in Strasbourg (France), seat of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This Summit of mothers, birth professionals, lawyers and other stakeholders occurred in the framework of the conference “Birth is a Human Rights Issue,” organized by Midwifery Today.

Leaders of national, consumer-led maternal health organizations from 14 countries across Europe presented reports on the status of women’s human rights, in law and in reality, in each national maternity care system.
It was highlighted that women do not lose their basic human rights once they become pregnant and they have the right to access the healthcare support that they, personally, need for a healthy birth.

2016/09/29 ECR Conference: "Safe Birth. Maternal Health"

 

20160929 conference safe birthSWe have participated at this event #safemotherhoodweek at the European Parliament.

To watch the video (intervention of Olalla Michelena: from 1:16:10 to 1:36:53)

2016/09/13 A step forward for work-life balance

MMM welcomes the European Parliament report “Creating labour market conditions favourable for work-life balance” (by 443 votes in favour, 123 against and 100 abstentions). voted on 13 September 2016 in Strasbourg.
The Parliament listened to families needs, as requested by the network of NGOs where MMM was part of it, and officially called upon the European Commission and the Member states to take action a number of issues:
  • publish an implementation report of the parental leave directive
  • bring forward initiatives for a paternity leave and a carers’ leave directive
  • allow workers to ask for flexible working conditions to adapt to their circumstances according to their lifecycle and map the situation in Member states concerning the Right to request flexible working 
  • ask Member states to introduce «care credits» for caregivers to recognize the value of this work in pension systems
It is a major step forward in responding to the needs of mothers and families in Europe and shows a political commitment of the European Parliament to support families. With this vote, the EU Parliament calls Social Partners and the European Commission, to present a comprehensive reconciliation package at the end of 2016.
Reconciliation policies must be a mix of different elements and should cover families’ needs along the life-cycle. What families need is a coherent package that includes EU legislative and non-legislative initiatives on leave schemes for carers, provision of quality accessible and affordable care services for children and dependent persons, and flexible working arrangements.

2016/09 Vote yes to strengthen work-life balance opportunities for Europe’s families 

On 13th September 2016, the European Parliament will be called on to vote the report “Creating labour market conditions favourable for family-work balance”.
We are 11 networks of NGOs and Local Authorities and since 2012 we have been working together to raise awareness about the daily challenges faced by women and men across the EU in reconciling their work, family and private life. We represent millions of children, adults and families across the EU, and we are calling on Members of European Parliament to cast a positive vote for this report.

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