MINE & Mission

Our Vision: mine (mother center international network for empowerment) stands
for a world that values and supports the work of mothers.
for a world that places social cohesion and community at the base of development.
for a world in which the culture of care is reintegrated into public life.

Here you will find:
What Mine is
mine is the international movement and the network to facilitate co-operation and exchanges between almost 1 000 Mother Centres currently existing in 22 countries: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cameroon, the Czech republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Lichtenstein, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, Rwanda, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. Mine is an award winning international Best Practice.
Our Goals
Mine supports mother centered development.
Our Activities
Mine seeks to achieve its goals by engaging in peer learning, knowledge building, spreading of information, consultation, lobbying, pilot projects, documentation and public relations.
What we offer Mother Centers
Mine offers Mother Centers technical support. It organizes international opportunities for learning, exchanging, profiling, bonding, networking, fundraising and upscaling.
What we offer Institutional Partners
Mine shares knowledge with institutional partners (in written form and in multi- or bi-lateral consultations) on how to establish Mother Centers, engage in principled partnerships, implement policy implications and lessons learned, and bridge the gap between institutional and grassroots culture.


Andrea Laux;- Chair was awarded with the prestigious German Bundesverdienstkreuz in 2003 Barbara Künkelin Award in 2000. Co-founder of regional network of Mother Centers Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany. (www.muetterforum.de
Renate Stein has 25 years of experience in the Mother Center movement. Presently she asists women in her home town Buenos Aires, Argentina in running the first Mother Center in Latin America.
Emese Dömösi from Hungary, birth educator, doula, mother of 3 children. Activist in the issue of domestic violence; she raise awareness and educate victims, bystanders, teach the youth the view of a healthy, respectfull relationship. Also supports issues to improving maternity care; I know that natural childbirth empowers women, it instills self-confidence. 

Ingrid Bregenzer - Germany

Our Activities

mine seeks to achieve its goals with the following activities:

  • Peer learning exchanges and study visits
  • Trainings and workshops
  • Regular newsletters
  • Stimulation of new Mother Center initiatives
  • Consultation for individual Mother Centers as well as for national and regional Mother Center networks
  • Consultation for governmental and other authorities on how to support Mother Centers
  • Pilot projects
  • Representation of Mother Centers at international events and in international networks
  • Analysis of the situation of mothers, children and families in contemporary societies
  • Documentation of Mother Centers as well as Mother Center projects

Our Goals

mine supports a mother centered development

mine promotes the spreading and networking of Mother Centers worldwide. We see Mother Centers as a way to foster community when modernization, war, migration, epidemics, colonialism, or totalitarism have torn the social fabric of societies apart.

mine strives to understand and make visible the global dimensions of the situation of mothers and families

mine seeks to give a voice to issues and developments that are of concern to mothers

mine supports Mother Centers around the globe to exchange their experiences and lessons learned, and to harvest their knowledge

mine supports Mother Centers around the globe to define shared concerns and strategies as well as find common ground for analysis and action

mine seeks to link the Mother Center movement to other groups and movements that are working towards creating a better world for families, communities and future generations

mine builds partnerships with mainstream partners to advance the spreading of Mother Centers and to gain support for their issues

mine strives for economic empowerment and self sufficiency of mothers and Mother Centers

What we offer Mother Centres

mine links Mother Centers to each other accross countries and regions

mine offers Mother Centers and their networks information and technical support

mine initiates debates relevant to the Mother Center movement worldwide

mine organises learning opportunities for Mother Centers like the Grassroots Women’s International Academies (GWIA)

mine supports the upscaling and transfer of projects, strategies and practices of Mother Centers

mine links Mother Centers and their networks to donors and fund-raising opportunities

mine creates international opportunities for Mother Centers to portray their work and voice their concerns

mine enhances public visibility of Mother Centers, their issues and their solutions

mine supports innovations and further development in Mother Centers

mine portrays the development of the Mother Centers into a global movement

mine supports the analysis of common interests and issues among Mother Centers , while respecting and celebrating their diversity

mine enhances the scope of local Mother Centers through international linkages