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2015/04 Help us with the final push on the "Maternity Leave Directive"#Delivernow

MMM has launched a campaign to save the Maternity Leave Directive. We need your help to put pressure on the European Commission and National Governments to keep this proposal in the EU agenda. Can mothers rights really be scrapped in the name of better regulation??
The European Commission announced that the directive will be withdrawn if there are no advancements in the negotiations in the Council by the 25th of May! The proposal is aiming at extending the maternity leave period at EU level from 14 to 18 weeks with 100% compensation.
MMM has asked its member associations and other NGOs in countries that are opposing the start of the negotiations to send a letter to their Ministers responsible for this directive asking them to reconsider their position and engage in negotiations. These countries are Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia, Denmark, Cyprus and Slovenia. In addition, to countries that are not opposing, MMM has also sent a letter asking for their support to convince opposing countries.
We have also sent a letter to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, together with other social EU organizations asking him to save the maternity leave directive.
In addition, MMM has joined forces with the European Women’s Lobby and signed this petition and we are encouraging others to sign it via social media (Facebook and Twitter).

 

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2015/03/06 In Euractiv.com

Do we have something to celebrate on International Women's Day?
We all have to continue our efforts to encourage a real political will to increase and enforce women’s rights, writes Olalla Michelena, ahead of International Women's Day.

2015/02/24 MMM speaks about Family and the Economy at The Conference "Towards a European Family Strategy"

During the Conference ‘Towards a European Family Strategy’ at the European Parliament organised by the Christian Political Foundation for Europe and MEP Arne Gericke (ECR,  Germany) Olalla Michelena represented MMM. She spoke about the challenges faced by parents to balance the needs  of family and working life. During her presentation she called upon European decision makers to lower VAT rates for childhood products and services, to promote flexible working arrangements and the recognition of skills while performing unpaid family care work. Other speakers, such as Julius op de Beke, representing DG Employment of the European Commission, underlined that every parent should have the opportunity to reconcile their work in work and family life based on their own choices. He mentioned part-time work as one of the options.  In doing so he also pointed out that those women who spend their time caring for other family members should no longer be labeled as inactive. These views were supported by a study, on family and taxation written by Leon van Kruiningen, a taxation consultant in the Netherlands. It revealed the enormous benefits for society of unpaid work and that, therefore full-time employment for both sexes would be undesirable from both an economic and social point of view.

2015/02 Dorian Project Results

DORIAN project results: Targeted strategies must be urgently developed to prevent obesity in women of child-bearing age.
The Developmental ORIgins of healthy and unhealthy AgeiNg: the role of maternal obesity (DORIAN) consortium, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Research Framework Programme, today releases results gathered from its 3-year research programme which began in January 2012.
The likelihood to develop cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, or type 2 diabetes during adulthood, is greater in children born to mothers who were overweight during their late pregnancy.
Therefore, policy-makers must draft guidelines for diet during pregnancy, and mental health support for pregnant women must be improved.” says Dr. Patricia Iozzo from the Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy.

2015/01/21MMM Belgium participantes at the Ex-Ducere conference

January 21, 2015, Laurence, Nathalie and Patricia were present at the Ex-Ducere conference held at the W: Hall of Woluwe-St-Pierre.
It was the opportunity to showcase MMM Belgium with many parents (about 600) by distributing flyers and explaining what was the purpose of our association. We had our new Roll-up which also attracted attention.
Moms were curious to learn more about how we best enhance their role as mothers in society, among others, in the form of exchanges and workshops

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