Gender Issues in Co-operatives: an ILO-ICA Perspectives (1996)

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

     (Source: Review of International Co-operation,
                Vol.89, No.2/1996, p.89-90)

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               Gender Issues in Co-operatives:
                   an ILO - ICA Perspective

The Training Package includes a pamphlet, a Manual and a
Training Module, Transparencies and poster. Copies available
from the Cooperative Branch, International Labour Office
(ILO), 4 route des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva 22,
Switzerland,Tel: + 41 22 79974 42, Fax + 41 22 799 85 72.

The idea to develop a 2-hour introductory session on gender
issues in cooperatives for cooperative leaders and policy
makers originated from discussions on gender issues held at
the third Working Session of the ILO COOPNET Programme. The
COOPNET Programme (Human Resource Development for Cooperative
Management and Networking), collaborates closely with the
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in programme
activities. The ICA is an independent, non-governmental
association which unites, represents and serves cooperatives
worldwide. Both the ILO COOPNET Programme and the ICA are
committed to the promotion of gender integration in
cooperative human resource development (HRD). 

After the COOPNET Working Session, the ICA was commissioned to
develop a guide to enable the users (trainers or moderators)
to design a 2-hour introductory session on gender issues in
cooperatives. A general outline for the guide was discussed
and inputs provided by co-operative leaders and policy makers
from Asian and African countries who attended an
inter-regional workshop at the International Institute
Histadrut (IIH) in Israel in November 1994. This workshop on
"Gender Issues in Co-operative HRD: From Theory to Practice",
was organized by the ILO in collaboration with the ICA and

The enhanced participation of women in cooperatives and the
benefits for co-operatives of involving women as equal
partners in co-operative development are issues that are given
special attention in the guide. The main aim of the 2-hour
sessions for co-operative leaders and policy makers is
therefore to generate increased gender awareness and to
encourage the integration of gender issues in cooperative

It is important to note that this guide should be used as a
tool to facilitate the planning and design of gender
sensitization sessions. It outlines the possible contents of
these sessions and includes additional background information
on gender. The complete "package" contains a sensitization
module accompanied by transparencies which will assist the
user in the preparation of the session. The package also
contains a poster which can be displayed to promote the
sensitization session, and leaflets which can be distributed
to participants after the session. 

Finally, it should also be mentioned that the initial draft
guide was tested by professional trainers and institutions in
several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their
comments and inputs were greatly appreciated and have been
extremely useful in compiling the final version.