University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
ABOUT WICENby Carol Hunter
Information Officer, CCA
WICEN (Women in Co-operatives Electronic Network) is an electronic discussion group open to women and men who share an interest in issues surrounding women in co-operatives and credit unions. This discussion group provides a forum for an exchange of ideas, experiences and information; a place to pose questions or propose solutions; a place to share 'best practices' and case studies; and a place to network or make new contacts.
This discussion group has been launched by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) in response to a growing interest amongst women in the co-operative sector for a venue to share ideas, experiences and concerns, including concerns about women's (under) representation on boards of directors and ways in which women can be more involved in decision-making within co-operatives and credit unions. A resolution was also passed at the 1995 CCA annual general meeting calling for the establishment of a national women and co-operatives network. This resolution was moved by Marian Jefferies, Director of Co-op Atlantic, and was passed unanimously. This electronic conference ('listserve') is open to members, directors, employees, volunteers, and managers of co-ops and credit unions in Canada and abroad. It is NOT restricted to women only.
At this point, only one electronic conference on women in co-operatives is envisioned. As more people join the conference, however, and as various issues get discussed and examined, there may be a need to start other conferences on particular, focused issues. For example, some women may have an interest only in discussing women in community economic development while others may be more interested in women's leadership on boards. We will revisit this possibility at a future date.
This conference is being moderated, for the present time, by the CCA. As a moderator, CCA will try to keep the discussions rolling, suggest discussion topics, and post items of interest. The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan is providing technical assistance and the server site.
DISCUSSION TOPICSThis conference belongs to you. Although many women have identified women and leadership and women's representation on boards as critical issues, this conference is not restricted to discussion on these subjects.
As a new subscriber to this conference, we would like to hear from you. To kick off discussion in WICEN, we would appreciate hearing from you on the following:
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?You can participate in this conference in a number of ways by:
Let's keep in touch and keep 'talking'.
INSTRUCTIONSHere's how you can post comments or questions to WICEN (Women in Co-operatives Electronic Network). Other commands are also listed.
SUBSCRIBE (although you have already subscribed, you may want to share this information with someone else):
Send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org Leave the subject line blank and in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE wicenUNSUBSCRIBE (if you no longer want to be on the conference)
Send an e-mail message to: email@example.com Leave the subject line blank and in the body of the message type:POSTING COMMENTS TO THE CONFERENCE
Send your comments/questions/responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org Sending a message to this address will distribute the message to the members of the listHELP
To receive a help file of all commands, send an e-mail to: email@example.com. Leave the subject line blank and type