___________________________________________________ This document has been made available in electronic format by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA ----------------------------------------------------- October 1995 ********************** Focus on Co-ops ********************** The Fourth World Conference on Women will bring co-operators from all over the world together. There will be delegations from the ICA, the World Council of Credit Unions, the Co-operative Housing Foundation (USA) and a number of co-operative organizations from Asia and Latin America. Events have been scheduled during the Conference which will focus on how co-operatives have contributed and can contribute to the advancement of women. Some of these are listed below: Special Events during NGO Forum Women and Co-operatives Forum Date: 1 September Time: 09:00-11:00 Location: Room12-M66, NGOForum - Huairou Organizer: AsianWomen in Development Co-operative Forum (Indonesia) The forum will tackle issues such as co-operatives and the Platform for Action, responses from co-operatives to gender issues, and what can women in co-operatives do together. The programme will also include a screening of a video, "Liberating Co-ops (Philippines)". Housing Finance for Women Date: 2 September Time: 09:00-11:00 Location: Room 10-M35, NGO Forum - Huairou Organizer: Co-operative Housing Foundation (USA) Special Event during the Fourth World Conference: Rural Women in the 21st Century - Empowerment through Employment and Organization Date: 7 September Time: 15:00-18:00 Location: Room L, Beijing International Convention Centre (BICC) Organizers: FAO, ILO, UNIDO, ITC, UNV, DDSMS The meeting will include presentations by the International Co-operative Alliance and SEWA on the role of co-operatives in empowering rural women.