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Press Releases
Press release in English - 1/06/2013 - First worldwide celebration of Parents'Day -MMMI 05 13: PDF/ 139Ko
Communiqué de Presse en Français - Première fête mondiale des parents - 04 05 2013: PDF/ 193Ko
Press release in English - International Day Families -MMMI 05 2013: PDF/ 90ko
Press release in English - Dorian - MMMI - 10 2012: PDF/311Ko  
Press release in English - One Universal Mother's day 05 2012 : PDF/ 663  Ko
Communiqué de presse en Français - Fête des Mères Universelle 05 2012 : PDF/ 642  Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in French - Journée du Travail Invisible - 04 2012 : PDF/ 660 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in French and English on Violence against Women - 11 2011- : PDF/ 564 Ko
application/pdf iconPress Release in French "Ateliers des Mères en Belgique" - 11 2011 - : PDF/ 445 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in Dutch "Workshops van Moeders in België" - 11 2011 - : PDF/ 432 Ko
application/pdf iconPress Release on "What Matters to Mothers in Europe" - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 713 Ko
application/pdf iconPress Release in French/Communiqué de presse en Français - Fête des mères - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 847 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in Spanish - Lo que importa a las madres en Europa - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 952 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in German - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 764 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in Italian Ciò che conta per le madri in Europa - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 622 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in Swedish - Vad är viktigt för Europas mammor? - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 174 Ko
application/pdf iconPersmededeling/Press release in Dutch - Wat moeders van Europa willen - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 221 Ko
application/pdf iconPress release in Slovak - TLAČOVÉ KOMUNIKÉ - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 214 Ko
Press Documents
application/pdf iconBrochure in English "What Matters to Mothers in Europe" - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 3 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in French "Ce que les mères en Europe veulent" - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 3 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in Swedish "Vad är viktigt för Europas mammor" - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 3 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in Spanish "Lo que importa a las madres en Europa" - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 5 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in Italian "Cosa conta per le madri europee" - 02 2012 : PDF/ 5 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in German "Was Müttern in Europa wichtig ist" - 10-2011 : PDF/ 3 Mo
application/pdf iconBrochure in Dutch "Wat moeders uit Europa willen" - 05 2011: PDF/3Mo
application/pdf iconFacts and Figures of the MMM Survey (62 p.) - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 2 Mo
application/pdf iconWho is MMM and what does it do? (4 p.) - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 478 Ko
application/pdf icon7500+ messages of mothers to policy makers in 10 languages (346 p.) - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 3 Mo
application/pdf iconMMM Survey results in numbers (4 p.) - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 482 Ko
application/pdf iconRésultats de l'enquête MMM en chiffres (4 p.) - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 715 Ko
application/pdf iconMMM Team Bio in English - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 537 Ko
application/pdf iconMMM Team Bio en Français - 05 2011 - : PDF/ 539 Ko
application/pdf iconReport FAMILY PLATFORM "Realities of Mothers in Europe" (87 p.) - 10 2010 - : PDF/ 2 Mo
application/pdf iconOnline Journal FAMILY PLATFORM "Volunteering and families in Europe" (47 p.) - 03 2011 - : PDF/ 2 Mo

2014/05 15 May International Day of Families

2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of Families. I would like to take this opportunity and that of May 15th1 and June 1st2 to make a plea for something which families need, but lack: time.
Time gives the chance to listen, be there when needed, feel crises approaching, provide the emotional support and security that children need to grow, time to be present and available. Time, which is missing for most families torn between their professional obligations and family responsibilities.
There is the so-called "rush hour" for young couples, facing at the same time, demands of a professional life where they are being assessed, and the responsibilities of family life with its own requirements.
Different types of childcare, holiday courses and grandparents help parents balance work and family life. This is indispensible but it is not enough.
The basic principle, supported by the 2020 Strategy of the European Union3, is the need for adults to be active on the labour market. It is a protection against poverty and a growth factor for our societies.
But everyday reality shows that such a goal is not easy for families to achieve and that it comes at a price for families.
It should be possible to envision discontinuous work trajectories to allow parents, at certain periods, to dedicate more time to their family.
In our countries, we live longer and healthier. In a lifetime, a mother’s working life is long compared to the child bearing and child rearing years.
It should be possible to reduce professional requirements when family demands are very important. This means being able to leave the labour market, partially or completely, for a specified period of time, to give priority to the family.
It is time to consider families’ priorities in this much-desired balance between work and family life. An OECD report published in 2011, insists that OECD countries need to find an optimal balance between preparing families for life in the labour market and preparing the labour market for the lives of families – those countries that manage this challenge best, will do better for their families4.
This would be a new vision of life-long balance between family life and professional life, integrating the critical importance of time in the lives of families and recognizing the contribution of families to the societies in which they live.
Yet most men and women cannot afford to leave the labour market, even partially, without risk to their budget, their pensions and their professional reintegration.
What needs to change to make a discontinuous work trajectory possible?
- Rehabilitation of quality and chosen part-time work, for men and women, as a temporary means of reconciling family life and working life.
- Inclusion of unpaid care work in the calculation of gross domestic product of countries to assess its value and recognize it as contributory periods. If time dedicated to unpaid care work is recognized as contributory, it may then be included in the calculation of pensions.
- Assessment of competencies acquired and developed by performing unpaid family work would allow its inclusion in a professional course. Re-entry on the labour market would then be facilitated by employers developing a different outlook towards periods of family work done by mothers and fathers.
All parents know that bringing up children and family chores are real work, hard, but also intelligent, creative and essential.
If family work is understood as such, every mother5, every parent is a true entrepreneur, a manager who sets goals, provides the means to achieve them, and manages assets, inventories, supplies and time. Each mother and father is a HR manager or a psychologist who oversees human relations, and develops the potential and wellbeing of everyone. They provide support when times get rough. They are the juggler who has so many balls in the air it takes a lot of skill and attention to keep them all.
Being a parent is a real job, a beautiful job, deserving our support and admiration. A tough job, for which parents need to be helped and recognized, not penalized.
Let us take the opportunity of this twentieth anniversary to change our perspective on families, and on the role of parents in our societies. What they do is essential not only for their children but also for society and therefore for all of us.

Anne- Claire de Liedekerke
President Make Mothers Matter

(1)International Day of Families
(2)International Day of Parents
(3)75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed
(4)OECD (2011), Doing Better for Families, OECD Publishing.
(5)Today in all societies mothers are more involved in family work than men.

2011 - Survey of Mothers in Europe

European Projects

Dorian Project: Impact of obesity during pregnancy

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