Table of Contents

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


              FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN : 
         ACTION FOR EQUALITY, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE 
            BEIJING, CHINA, 4 - 15 SEPTEMBER 1995

       *****************************************************
        THE CONTRIBUTION OF CO-OPERATIVE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
            AND THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT
           TO ACHIEVEMENT OF THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF
                  THE DRAFT PLATFORM OF ACTION *
       *****************************************************

                      New York, March 1995


PREPARED JOINTLY, PURSUANT TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 49/155,
       BY THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE AND 
    THE UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT FOR POLICY COORDINATION AND 
                    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT


     * For information purposes only. Not an official document 
       of the United Nations and not officially edited


CONTENTS
--------

* Preface / Introduction

* Dimension of the International Co-operative Movement

* Definition of a Co-operative Business Enterprise and the Values
  and Principles of the International Co-operative Movement    

* Complementarity between the Values and Principles of the
  International Co-operative Movement and those of the
  Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Summit
  for Social Development                                 
 
* A Note on what Co-operative Enterprises Are Not           
         
* I. Contribution of Co-operative to the Strategic Objectives
     of the Draft Platform of Action 
   A. The persistent and increasing burden of poverty on women 
   B. Unequal access to and inadequate educational opportunities 
   C. Inequalities in health status and unequal access to and
      inadequate health care services                          
   D. Violence against women                                   
   E. Effects of armed or other kinds of conflict on women     
   F. Inequality in women's access and participation in the
      definition of economic structures and policies and the
      productive process itself                                
   G. Inequality between men and women in the sharing of power
      and decision-making at all levels                        
   H. Insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the
      advancement of women                                     
   I. Lack of awareness of, and commitment to, internationally
      and nationally recognized women's human rights           
   J. Insufficient mobilization of mass media to promote women's
      positive contributions to society                        
   K. Lack of adequate recognition and support for women's
      contribution to managing natural resources and safeguarding
      the environment

* II. Support by Global Level Co-operative Organizations and
      Intergovernmental Organizations to the Contribution by
      Co-operative Enterprises and the International Co-operative
      Movement to Women's Advancement