What is MOM?

MOM – Maternity Opportunities and Mainstreaming – is a European Project financed by Erasmus+ whose aim is to frame maternity as a learning experience that provides mothers with soft skills that are extremely useful in nowadays workforce.

A European team gathers some truly innovative experiences whose main common is to provide skills and resources for women empowerment, adult education and active citizenship.

MOM’s aim MOM's project aims to empower women awareness about the skills that maternity has released in them

  • Maternity develops new skills like soft skills
  • MOM’s aim is to help unemployed women and mothers to gain empowerment, awareness and assessment about their maternal experiences and their skills
  • This provides them with more resources…
  • .. that helps their employability

How will it be possible? Through MOM’s different outputs.

Main dates

  • September 2017: kick-off meeting in Italy
  • Spring 2018: release of MOM curriculum
  • September 2018: MOM roundtable in each country partner – Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, UK
  • Autumn 2018: release of MOM MOOC for women
  • Autumn 2019: release of MOM MOOC for trainers
  • March 2020: Open Seminar in each country partner – Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, UK
  • Summer 2020: release of MOM e-campus, ECVET certification
  • June 2020: final conference in Italy

Background

MOM is based on the innovative MAAM by Life Based Value programme and its results.

  • MAAM is a training concept based on the idea that maternity is also useful at work and develops a new kind of leadership.
  • The MAAM concept was born in Piano C in 2012 and has been applied as a workshop in several organizations like Ikea, Unicredit, Schneider Electric, and Nestlè. It has been embodied in a book – MAAM – La maternità è un master – and then in a digital program.
  • It has a scientific theory rooted in neurosciences, behavioral sciences and empirical evidence. It has an ongoing research since 2012; the research includes focus groups, surveys, text analysis and data analytics from the platform itself.

About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Its aim is

“To contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad” (from official Erasmus+ website)

Its main objectives are

  • to reduce unemployment
  • to promote adult learning, especially for new skills and required ones by the market
  • to encourage people to take part to European democracy
  • to support innovation and cooperation amongst European partner countries