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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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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

2016/07/27 Following the MMM Conference "Mothers & Health"

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On the Spanish site: "Mamá Psicóloga Infantil", the MMM conference "Mothers & Health" (7th and 8th of March 2016) has been mentionned

2016/07 A French German nursery supported by the UE

Thanks Sandra from Mamans d’Europe for writing this article

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