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Cooperatives join global campaign for gender equality

The ICA’s Gender Equality Committee celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020 by highlighting how cooperatives are contributing to women’s empowerment.
2020 women day

How are cooperatives fostering gender equality?

With open membership being one of the seven cooperative principles, promoting gender equality has been a key feature of the cooperative movement. Among the first to give women the right to vote, cooperatives have enabled women to fulfil their potential.
How are cooperatives fostering gender equality?

Latest #coops4women news

Did you know that women who set up or join cooperatives earn more and their decision-making in the household, and improves their participation and empowerment within community affairs?
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Join the ICA Gender Equality Committee!

Every year, ICA member organisations in good standing shall be eligible to nominate one representative to the ICA GEC!
Join the ICA Gender Equality Committee!


The Gender Equality Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA-GEC) is a catalyst for change to make gender equality a reality in all cooperatives and serves as a forum for the discussion and exchange of experiences and ideas on issues related to gender equality. 

Regional networks

All the regions of the ICA have created regional committees or working groups. The ICA-GEC liaises with Regional Committees devoted to gender in order to identify specific goals and how to deliver them.


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Do you want to be part of the ICA Gender Equality Committee?

Gender Equality Committee

Every year, ICA member organizations in good standing shall be eligible to nominate one representative to the ICA-GEC.

To apply for membership, interested ICA member organisations must submit an application to the Secretary and the Chair of the ICA-GEC at least six weeks before the Annual Plenary Meeting.