For this year’s Mother’s Day, Terre des Hommes – an international humanitarian organization and a partner of RGI since 2014 – launched an international survey aimed at understanding what it means to be a mother today. To investigate this, they asked for input from the many mothers they have met across the world thanks to the numerous initiatives and projects they manage globally every day.
Collecting the experiences of 800 mothers from 11 countries around the world, the survey outlines which are the difficulties mothers encounter during motherhood, as well as their point of view on gender differences in care work, their fears, dreams, and expectations for their children’s future.
The results show how – no matter where one comes from – becoming a mother means having to give something up: 65.3% among the respondents had to abandon something, especially study (28.3%) work (20.9%) or friendships (16.1%). The survey also reveals that mothers worry mainly about the violence their children could be exposed to, both on the street (69.7%) and online (55.3%), and fear the gender discrimination that female daughters are likely to face in the workplace (44.6%).
Among the 800 respondents were also RGI Group’s employees taking part in the survey. Their results partly confirm the responses that were given by the other women who responded to Terre des Hommes’ questions countries. Here are the main results:
• 54% of mothers working at RGI Group who were involved in the survey said that the most important thing they wish for their children is to grow up in a peaceful family
• When asked about their fears, violence is their top concern, particularly online violence (95%) and street violence (73.8%)
• 60.7% of RGI employees who participated in the survey say they did not feel alone while pregnant
• On the other hand, only 5% of RGI Group mothers who responded to the survey said that they had to give up their studies in order to become mothers
Even though the experience of motherhood in Italy is definitely not the same as in Nicaragua or in Mozambique – and some differences can be seen from the data above – there are also some common trends that characterise motherhood everywhere in the world. Today more than ever it is important to acknowledge how often the expectations, fears, and dreams of moms all over the globe are very much the same.