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     Volume 5 Number 9, October 19, 2011

Co-op women give peace a chance  

 

It is Co-op Week in Canada, a time to celebrate our co-operative achievements. Looking beyond Canada's borders, this issue of International Dispatch delves into the many ways women's co-operatives are mediating conflict and empowering women to become peace builders. 

How and why are women and their co-operatives so successful at peace building? What are they achieving? What obstacles are they encountering along the way? 

 

Experts addressed these questions at a recent webinar organized by the Measuring the

Co-operative Difference Research Network to mark World Peace Day. They say, with co-ops, peace building starts in the home. 

 

 

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Co-op fish vendors, India
"Now I have the confidence to fight for what is right," says Sangeetaben, a member of the Matsyagandha Fish Vendor's Co-operative, organized by the Self Employed Women's Association in Gujarat, India. Women are using the collective voice and actions of their co-operatives to stand up for their rights and work for peace in their communities. 

 

At the webinar Co-operatives Building Pathways to Peace, gender and conflict specialist Smita Ramnarain shared her findings on the many ways women's co-operatives in India and Nepal are cultivating peace in their homes, communities and on the national stage. 

 

"Women often lack opportunities to be heard," she says, "and 

co-operatives can facilitate women's participation in the social sphere and become platforms for women collective engagement in transforming society and building peace." 

 

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Listen to Smita Ramnarain's webinar presentation  

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CDF!

 

On October 1st the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada celebrated 64 years of bringing life changing opportunities where they are most needed. 

 

Children, women and men in the developing world are building pathways out of poverty with the encouragement and support of CDF.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and donors for their support over the years. 

 

 


This publication is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Cette publication est réalisée avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada accordé par l'entremise de l'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI).