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Make Mothers Matter Europe (MMM) – 05/2011

by Administrator on May.03, 2011, under News

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Bravo! Here it is. A long and very meticulous work undertaken by volunteers of the MMM organization (European branch).

First thing first, who is MMM? Well, here follows an exact description of who they are (http://www.mmmeurope.org).

MMM Europe is part of MMM or the World Movement of Mothers.

The “Mouvement Mondial des Mères” (MMM) or “World Movement of Mothers” was created in 1947. The MMM raises awareness of society, policy makers and public opinion on the vital role of mothers for promoting peace and on their contribution to social and economic progress. MMM is an international, apolitical and non-denominational NGO. It benefits of a general consultative status at the United Nations.

The World Movement of Mothers also voices the interests of mothers to national and international institutions. The European delegation of the World Movement of Mothers (MMMEurope) has the mission of voicing European mothers’ concerns to European policy makers.

So, how does this involve me? Well, people who knows me well will easily understand that my utmost respect to the Woman has naturally redirected my interest in MMM. Moreover, MMM Europe is basically a team of volunteers who put up an enormous amount of work servicing the brochure you will see below. And that deserves recognition and all the help it can get. Also, I have a special thought for MMM Europe as a dear friend of mine working there helped putting together the brochure below gathering 11,000+ woman responses to the survey about being a mother in Europe.

The report you will see below provides detailed information about concerns, priorities and recommendations voiced by Mothers living in Europe.  But, more closely related to me, quite a few pictures present in the brochure are part of the work I volunteered with mothers I knew who accepted to “strike the pose” for me in their environment. I also provided many photographs for the MMM Europe web site presence (http://www.mmmeurope.org).

This project touched me on many levels. First, It will be the first time I have photographs published with such a scope: 750+ Members of the European Parliament will see the brochure, and a part of a 10,000+ journalists crowd across Europe might be seeing those photographs too if they are interested by the subject. And it is possible many paper/web magazines will also tap into the image bank I provided MMM Europe to put in their own articles. Then, it is about Woman in their natural environment: motherhood, in this instance. But also, most importantly to me, I wanted to tell my way that I always try to understand how hard it can be to be a Mother in this world. It always seems unfair to me that a Mother who raises the next generation population has to put up with lower salaries for the same job, non flexible work schedules,  and condescending attitudes at the work place. Woman, Mums…. where would the world be without you !?? The faster, us , guys, we get it, better the world will be!

So, here is the brochure in a PDF file format: MMM_English.

Enjoy the reading and pass it on! I know I have people following my photographic work from around 15 countries in the world (North and South America, Europe, Far and Middle East). Now is a good time to spread even more the word on my work. All at your Facebook pages, tag this article with a “LIKE”, or repost on your walls, and let MMM be heard, everywhere. I approve this message :-) .

Regards

Armand

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/05/03/make-mothers-matter-europe-mmm-052011/


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