recommendations for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.The 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women has included cooperatives in its
Held at UN headquarters in New York City in late March, the commission agreed to recognize “the critical role played by rural women's civil society organizations, trade unions, enterprises and cooperatives in gathering and uniting rural women and supporting them in all spheres."
The commission's report recommends increased procurement from rural women’s enterprises, including cooperatives. Rural women’s skills and capacities should be boosted so they can benefit from procurement processes such as public food programs, and can access local, national and international value chains and markets.
Programs like NCBA CLUSA’s support this work, providing opportunities for women to lead development in their communities, have say in their businesses and access finance, training and services. You can read more about why cooperatives are a tool for economic participation and opportunity—and key to building resilient communities—through the stories of women like Abelina Dos Santos from East Timor, Khady Ciss from Senegal and Angelita from Guatemala.
Read the International Co-operative Alliance's full coverage of the UN Commission here.