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2016/04 "The untapped potential of mothers in health and policy": Conference report

Make Mothers Matter celebrated International Women's Day by organising a Conference on "Mothers and Health on the 7th and 8th of March at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.  
Nearly 150 participants from EU institutions, UN agencies, academia and NGOs from all over the world gathered to discuss the challenges and good practices, showing how mothers can be changemakers to promote a sustainable health for themselves and their children.
The presentations and discussions covered a range of issues including maternal health, nutrition, HIV, health literacy, and innovative practices to promote women and children’s physical and mental health. You can follow the debate at #MMM4Health.

 Conference Report - Presentations - Press Release - ProgramPhotos

2016/03/30 MMM joins the call asking the UN to count vulnerable children in SDGs

201603 ONU NY MThe Inter-Agency Expert Group on the Sustainable Developments Goals (IAEG-SDGs) is meeting in Mexico on 30 March 2016 for the next 2 days to discuss the Sustainable  Development Goals (SDGs) indicators. Make Mothers Matter and over 175 other NGOs are calling on them to make sure all children are counted by the SDGs.
We believe that some of the world’s most vulnerable children, those without parental care or at risk of being so, have “fallen off the statistical map” and will be left behind by the SDGs. If the data gap is not filled, children will continue to be left behind.
Therefore, we have joined other children’s and disabilities rights organisations and academics from across the world to intensify the demands on the UN to ensure that all children are counted as part of its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a letter to UN statistical bodies - reissued after it was first sent last year, with a three-fold increase in signatories - we argue it is vital to ensure that the framework for monitoring the implementation of the SDGs captures “children living outside of households and/or without parental care”.
All children count but not all children all counted! Help us make sure that they #leavenoonebehind – including vulnerable children and families.
Please read our open letter to the IAEG-SDGs & share to spread the word.

2016/2 EU Consultation on work life balance

In February 2016, the EU Delegation to Make Mothers Matter participated in the public consultation launched by the European Commission regarding a new start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families. The aim was to gather views on possible measures to support working parents or caregivers to better reconcile work and family life .

MMM asked to include the right to request flexible working conditions: it is the right of the employee to ask the employer to arrange his working conditions to make them more flexible (telework, condensed hours etc). The employer has to duly consider the request and any rejection must be justified by reasons specifically listed in the law. The initiative, adopted in 2003 in the UK for parents of children under 17 or those caring for an adult, was extended in 2014 to all employees, due to its success. We think it will be very positive to include it in European legislation allowing employees to better reconcile private and professional life. The Commission is planning to launch this new initiative on work life balance at the end of 2016.

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2015/12/08 Have your say on work life balance!

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a new initiative aiming at gathering views on possible measures to help working parents or carers reconcile work and family life at EU level. Flexible working arrangements? Family related leave? Better childcare? You can participate online here as it will be opened until 17 February 2015.

Make Mothers Matter wants to include in this new initiative the "right to request": the right for workers to request the employer to adapt their working conditions. The employer is obliged to duly consider the request and any reject has to be motivated by reasons specifically listed in the law. This initiative, adopted in 2003 in the UK for parents of children under 17 or those caring for an adult, was extended in 2014 to all employees, due to its success.


Make Mothers Matter would like to communicate an important message regarding obesity prevention considering the 14th of November is #WorldDiabetesDay.

The results of a research conducted in the framework of a European project DORIAN showed that obesity during pregnancy has a negative impact on the health of children throughout their lives, greatly increasing the likelihood that the child develops cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adulthood. In addition, significant weight gain in pregnancy associated with poor mental health of the mother, can slow fetal growth and increase mental disorders of children in adulthood.

That is why MMM, who was a partner in this project, would like to recall the importance of food choices for children and for mothers especially when pregnancy is planned. Here you will find tips for healthy diet for adults and children.

Make Mothers Matter wants to inform especially mothers because they are often the ones who are at the origin of food choices for their children. The involvement of mothers is essential in these daily choices. Establishing good eating habits is important for everyone’s health. Here is a video that MMM has made on the subject.

Let’s fight together against the epidemic of overweight and obesity that have a long-term impact on health!

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