Global Survey Shows Rising Women's Participation in Co-ops

An online survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Cooperative Alliance shows 75 % of survey respondents feel that women’s participation in cooperatives has increased over the past 20 years.

The findings come ahead of a panel and debate held 10 March at the United Nations in New York, called “Cooperatives: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment .”, which takes place from 9 to 20 March.

Key findings indicate that cooperatives are having an increasingly positive impact on women – 80 per cent of survey respondents felt that cooperatives are better than other types of private or public sector business in advancing gender equality.

“Cooperatives have a history of contributing to equality as well as to economic and social empowerment,” said Simel Esim, Chief of the ILO Cooperatives Unit (COOP).

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