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2017/11/20 International Children’s Day: Over 30,000 stateless children in Daesh deserve a future

On this International Day of the Rights of the Child, Make Mothers Matter (MMM) and the mothers it represents all over the world urge the governments of 25 countries where mothers cannot pass their nationality to their children to change their legislation. It is time to end child statelessness by registering all births to ensure equal rights to all children.
31,000 women who were pregnant under Daesh are now mothers to children who find themselves without valid documents and on the brink of statelessness. The UNHCR reports that already 130,000 persons are stateless in Iraq, specifying that the most vulnerable are the children of Iraqi mothers and non-national fathers.
Therefore, in accordance with Article 7 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on birth registration, we urge the Iraqi government to register the births of this new generation of stateless children in order eliminate the institutional violence and discrimination.
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2017/ 06/ 7 & 8 MMM at the European Development Days

Several members of  MMM’ team attended the European Development Days which took place in Brussels on the 7th and 8th June: Johanna Schima (Policy officer), Chiara Dedeken (intern) and Abbigail Sorlie (intern) and Olalla Michelena (SG at EU delegation). It is Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation organised by the European Commission presenting Europe’s commitment to a fairer, more sustainable future. We took the opportunity to participate in several debates to convey that mothers are an untapped resource which can be used to tackle a number of challenges such as health promotion, peacebuilding, education etc to reach the 2030 sustainable agenda. We also participated in the Save the children video on What should the EU do for children? (minute 2:38)


2017/06 Make Mothers Matter at the MenCare Global Meeting in Belgrade

Make Mothers Matter had the pleasure to participate at the MenCare Global Meeting 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia which brought together nearly 100 activists, academics, and practitioners from 50 countries on June 8–10. The idea was to share and exchange new findings, lessons learned, and reflections from the field of engaging men as fathers and caregivers for gender equality.
MenCare Global Meeting 24SWe organised a roundtable on the 8th June to present the new work-life balance package from the European Commission launched in April 2017 aimed at increase labour participation of women and promoting the sharing of the unpaid care work by introducing a generous leave scheme for parents and carers and the right to request flexible working conditions.
The MenCare campaign’s second-ever global gathering sought to develop new strategies for continuing the fight for gender equality amid rising challenges; and to raise the profile of men’s caregiving within the global advocacy agenda for 2017 and beyond, including via the launch of the State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action report.



2017/04/26 A step forward: New work-life balance package to improve the lives of working parents

Today, the European Commission has put forward an ambitious and comprehensive proposal on “Work-Life balance for working parents and carers”. Make Mothers Matter has joined a Coalition of European NGOs to warmly welcome this initiative. We are pleased to see it reflect our demands for a life-cycle and transversal approach. We are convinced that this initiative has the potential to bring real change in the lives of many Europeans.
First, we welcome the initiatives improving the current leave schemes as well as provisions of quality, affordable and accessible care services and the introduction of the right to request flexible working arrangements. A demand from MMM since several years and a very important measure to enable working mothers to remain or re-entry the labour market.
Some of the measures included are particularly helpful, notably the introduction of a paid paternity leave of ten days at EU level and a minimum payment at sick leave level of parental leave and increased flexibility (it can be taken until 12 years of age of the child and full time or part time). Payment, flexibility and non-transferability have been proven crucial to increase take- up among fathers. The Directive introduces also a new carers’ leave of 5 days per year paid also at sick pay level.   
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2017/04/11 International Day for Maternal Health: Let’s talk about post-partum depression

This year’s International Day for Maternal Health we want to shed a light on depression, one of the most common mental health problems in Europe.  One in seven people may experience depression at some point in their lives and each of us may be affected. On this Day, Mental Health Europe (MHE), Make Mothers Matter (MMM) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) join forces to break the silence around one specific form of depression: post-partum depression
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 10-15% of women suffer from postpartum depression in Europe and worldwide, which occurs after having a baby. The impact on women and their families can be very challenging. The experience and feelings of postpartum depression are intense and should not be confused with the “baby blues”, a commonly used term to describe the worry and tiredness many women experience after giving birth.
What can Europe do? Affordable, accessible, quality maternal health care varies greatly between Member States. Our respective organisations call on the European Commission to ensure that the upcoming package on work-life balance is ambitious including legislative proposals such as a longer maternity and parental leave and a new paternity and carer’s leave directive addressing the root causes of ill health in mothers.  We also suggest further research in the field of post-partum depression as well as the impact of obstetric violence on the psychological well-being of women as suggested by the WHO.  It is also important to look into developing European-wide awareness-raising initiatives and guidelines on respectful and non-abusive care during childbirth which acknowledges the link between mental and physical health, respects human rights including the right of all mothers and their families to access appropriate and quality care and support. 
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