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     Volume 6 Number 3, March 8, 2012

International Women's Day Issue


 Share your story with the global 

diary of women's co-operation  

 Marsha Long & Vicential Amoako mentoring at Bayview Credit Union, Sussex, New Brunswick

Co-operatives are opening doors to engage women's full potential. How? By creating opportunities for women to access training, education and information, to save and borrow, to earn dividends, to vote, to make decisions, to run for leadership positions, and to access affordable products and services  - but most importantly, to drive their own development.


How have co-operatives changed your life? Make a global statement this International Women's Day by sharing your story - big or small - with the world. Show how co-operatives are working for women globally by sharing what's happening in your corner of the planet.


The International Co-operative Alliance is working with the Co-operative News to create a diary of women's co-operation around the world. It's collecting personal reflections from women about how co-operatives have made a difference or changed lives. While today is the perfect day to share your story, there is no deadline for participating in the project! You can submit your diary entry at any time here


Find out about International Women's Day events in Canada.* Learn more about the status of women in Canada. Keep up on Canadian co-op news by subscribing to Co-operative News Briefs.


* Note: Due to high volumes of website traffic, you may experience delays when accessing the International Women's Day website. 

AFRICA WOMEN'S FORUM Women credit union managers will meet in Botswana this month


this month


Women's Mentorship

Patty and Josie behind wicket

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due


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CDF Women's Day Online Auction

March 5-12



Raquel's Story

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International Women's Day was first proclaimed in 1911 to celebrate the contributions of women to society and to promote women's rights. 




This article in The Guardian which cautions against "empowerment lite."


How CCA works with co-operatives to promote gender equality.


The UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education.

The Co-operative News for more stories of women's empowerment.




The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is celebrating the UN-declared International Year of Co-operatives in 2012 by launching the Build a Better World Campaign to raise $12 million over four years. The increased investment will help CDF expand its reach and have a bigger impact in the communities it touches.


For 65 years, CDF has been working to help people in the developing world work, own, save and build the foundation for a secure life. On this international day for women CDF celebrates the work it has done and is doing to narrow the gender gap through international co-operative development. Through its partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association, CDF provides women with training, access to credit, and the ability to raise their families out of poverty and into prosperity.


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).