Resolution on Gender Equality in Co-operatives

    This document has been made available in electronic format
         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         January 1996

                       Resolution on 
               Gender Equality in Co-operatives

     (submitted by ICA Europe and approved by the ICA General 
                         Assembly, 1995)

Gender equality is a global priority of the ICA.  A better
balance between female and male co-operators and employees would
be a re-energizing force and source of competitive advantage to
co-operatives and improve their image as democratic,
people-oriented enterprises.  The ICA European Council proposes
that co-operatives commit themselves to active promotion of
equality between women and men.

A pre-requisite is that we accept that women and men are
different and that we respect their differences.  Mixed
co-operative governance, reduced gender segregation of employees
at all levels, and appreciation of the different priorities of
women~s and men~s values, strengths and competence all contribute
to a positive development as well as to the improved
entrepreneurship and efficiency of co-operatives.

To improve such gender balance co-operatives are requested to set
an action plan which should include targets, with a clear idea of
what should be achieved and by when.

Women and men must have equal participation and job
opportunities, the same working conditions and equal pay for
equal work, as well as equal training and educational
opportunities.  Progress in achieving objectives must be
monitored regularly to identify successes and shortfalls.

Shared influence and shared responsibilities between women and
men are a key to co-operative excellence.