MMM European Delegation works to influence policies at the European Union level with the aim to achieve a positive change in mothers’ lives. We are convinced that this will have positive repercussions on their children, family and the whole of society.

Our work is focused on promoting policies that empower and suppor mothers. Of course, measures supporting fathers’ role are essential and we recognise their value as well.

MMM European Delegation’s advocacy work focuses on:

  • Raising awareness and voicing mother’s challenges to policy makers (European Commission, European Parliament, European Social and Economic Committee, Council of Ministers etc.)
  • Proposing concrete solutions to support mothers
  • Monitoring and researching issues relevant to mothers
  • Policy analysis and influence on policy development
  • Representing the interests of our member associations
  • Building a network of active organisations and individuals sharing MMM goals and objectives
  • Communication and public campaigning

Supporting mothers to better reconcile work and family life is a key priority as suggested by a survey conducted by the European Delegation, published in 2011, in which almost 12,000 European mothers participated. MMM believes that the recognition and support of motherhood and fatherhood in policies is essential to achieve true gender equality in the family and in the workplace.

Therefore, what we are currently working on is:

  • The promotion of quality chosen part time work for women and men
  • The inclusion in pension calculation of unpaid family care work
  • The recognition/ validation of skills acquired and developed by performing unpaid family care work to enable an easier re-entry into the labour market after a career break
  • Inclusion of unpaid family care work in the GDP as an additional social indicator to allow the above
  • The need for studies to give a monetary value to unpaid family care work and show its importance to support the paid economy
  • The use by policymakers of accurate time use surveys showing the reality of European mothers’ life

About the European Union

The European Parliament, with the Council of Ministers, is the legislative arm of the European Union. Members of the European Parliament are elected by voters in all the member countries, currently 28. The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg and in Brussels.

The European Commission, based in Brussels and working closely with the European Parliament, is the guardian of the various treaties and the executive arm, implementing laws which more and more affect the lives of the people of its member states. The Commission has the exclusivity to presents legislative or non-legislative proposals.

The European Social and Economic Committee is an advisory body to the Commission and the Council where civil society representatives participate directly. It is involved in the EU decision-making process by emitting opinions at the request of the institutions or at its own initiative.


Olalla Michelena The European MMM team, located in Brussels, is headed by Olalla Michelena

8 avenue Nestor Plissart
B.1040 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 640 47 02 -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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