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Family Focused Solutions For Work-Family Balance: from the 2010 Survey of Mothers in Europe. World Family Summit + 7 5-7 December 2011 Abu Dhabi Joan T. Stevens, M.A. Mouvement Mondial des Mères (MMM) Make Mothers Matter. Mouvement Mondial des M ères. about.

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Family focused solutions for work family balance from the 2010 survey of mothers in europe

Family Focused SolutionsForWork-Family Balance:from the2010 Survey of Mothers in Europe

World Family Summit + 7

5-7 December 2011

Abu Dhabi

Joan T. Stevens, M.A.

Mouvement Mondial des Mères (MMM)

Make Mothers Matter


Mouvement mondial des m res
Mouvement Mondial des Mères

about

  • MMM founded in 1947 at UNESCO in Paris

  • MMM International:

    • 1949 Special Consultative Status at UN

    • 2004 General Consultative Status at UN

    • Representations in New York, Geneva, Paris, Vienna

    • 43 Affiliate Associations in 35 countries pursue local grass-roots projects

  • European Delegation of MMM to EU & COE


Familyplatform eu
FamilyPlatform.eu

about

  • Created by Research Directorate of European Commission

  • Objective: Formulate research agenda for research on family—to provide scientific data for evidence-based policy making

  • MMM Europe is one of 12 research consortium members


Key contributions by mmm europe
Key Contributions by MMM-Europe

  • “Realities of Mothers in Europe”

    • Reviews European research and provides context for issues raised by the survey data

  • “Survey of Mothers in Europe 2010”

    • Provides data on mothers in Europe

    • Documents mothers’ priorities and concerns

    • Communicates messages sent by EU mothers to policy makers

  • “Mothers’ Messages to Policy Makers”

    • Messages in 10 languages from more than 7500 mothers in their own words

      all available at www.mmmeurope.org


Survey of mothers in europe
Survey of Mothers in Europe

  • Online questionnaire in 10 languages:

    • English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Slovak, Swedish, Finnish

  • Addressed to mothers in 16 countries

    • Through word-of-mouth, links on websites of MMM, affiliates, and other European CSOs

    • February 1 to August 31, 2010

  • Total mothers responding: 11,887


Q:In talking to a woman pregnant with her first child, how would you describe what it is like to transition into being a mother?

  • The first birth transforms a mothers’ focus, priorities and life course.

  • Mothers express enormous love, commitment and responsibility to nurture and mentor the child through life.

  • Mothers say the experience of rearing their child is worth all the sacrifice, caring and effort.

  • Mothers say they are distinctive in their perspective.

“Before I was just me.

Now I am us.”

(UK)


Q: As a mother, what would be your time-use preference?

  • Mothers have differing priorities in their time-use preference.


Q:If you had your choice, which option would you choose depending on the child’s age?

  • Her child’s developmental needs dominate a mother’s decision process.

  • To the degree needs are being met, employment may become attractive.

  • Mothers know that adolescent children cannot be left alone after school.



Q: children increases.In reality what is your daily life schedule?

  • The more children a mother has the more likely she will be at home full-time.

  • In reality both full-time employment and full-time home care exceed preference.

  • For those mothers working full-time, there may be financial need, or the ideal part-time work which fits her situation may be difficult for mothers to find.


Q: children increases.Please explain why you are unsatisfied with your current work schedule.

  • More than half of dissatisfied mothers named lack of time, poor work schedule or desire to reduce employment time commitments.

  • Financial problems and unemployment were important as well.


Q: children increases.Please indicate which factors are important in contributing to the well-being of mothers and families?

Two universally important themes:

  • SUFFICIENT FAMILY TIME.

  • CONTROL over work-family life balance.

    A third theme:

  • AVAILABILILTY of SUITABLE OPTIONS.


Q: children increases.In your daily life where do you turn for help and for what reasons?

  • Partners are mothers’ major source of help.

  • Mothers who care for children as they wish depend on financial support and companionship primarily from their partner.

  • Help from partner with household tasks and childcare is proportional to the mother’s time commitment to employment.


Q: children increases.How do you or will you provide for yourself in retirement?

  • Mothers who have 3 or more children depend on the financial support of their partner and their stable relationship.


The success story how mothers balance work and family life in europe
The Success Story children increases.How mothers balance work and family life in Europe

Summary

  • Part-time positions

  • Birth leaves

  • Flexible work hours and conditions

  • Public sector jobs

  • Service-based employment

  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship

  • Self-sustaining innovations and initiatives having no drain on the tax base

  • Mothers depend on and receive help from their partners, parents, and a variety of child-care options


Mothers recommendations for shaping policy
Mothers children increases.’ recommendations for shaping policy

Recognize seasons in a mother’s life

Offer choice and options

Offer part-time positions and flexible conditions

Facilitate return to labor force after a leave

Ensure employment opportunities and salaries according to education, experience, and responsibility

Benefit families having dependent children with tax breaks

Recognize unpaid care work as having important value,

include in calculation of GDP,

include career breaks for family care in calculation of pension


Success story listening to mothers preferences concerns and perspective
Success story children increases.Listening to mothers’ preferences, concerns, and perspective

  • Bringing data gathered from 11,800 mothers--their constituents--was meaningful to government decision makers.

  • Mothers’ recommendations will help shape more practical and satisfactory policy.

  • Giving value to motherhood and making it easier for mothers to care for their own children while employed, may help to boost low European birth-rates.

  • The media has been very interested in publicizing the results of the survey, which will help raise the social value of family care.

  • Computer software donated by Qualtrics facilitated the survey


Mouvement mondial des m res1

Mouvement Mondial des M children increases.ères

[email protected]

http://www.mouvement-mondial-des-meres.org


Mouvement mondial des m res2
Mouvement Mondial des M children increases.ères

Thank you for listening!


Q: children increases.Please indicate which factors are important in contributing to the well-being of mothers and families?

Two universally important themes:

  • SUFFICIENT FAMILY TIME.

  • CONTROL over work-family life balance.

    A third theme:

  • AVAILABILILTY of SUITABLE OPTIONS.


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