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International Day of Cooperatives 2010

16th UN International Day of Cooperatives, 3 July 2010

"Cooperative enterprise empowers women"
"La empresa cooperativa empodera a la mujeres"
"L'entreprise coopÚrative autonomise les femmes"

This year's theme highlights how the cooperative model of enterprise can successfully empower women. It links to the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+15) which sets out an agenda for women's empowerment.

Cooperatives have a key role to play as they are able to respond to both women's practical and strategic needs. Whether it be through women only cooperatives or cooperatives made up of women and men, they offer an effective organisational means for women members and employees to raise their living standards by accessing decent work opportunities, savings and credit facilities, health, housing and social services, and education and training. Cooperatives also offer women opportunities for participation in and influence over economic activities. Women gain self-reliance and self-esteem through this participation. Cooperatives also contribute to the improvement of the economic, social and cultural situation of women in other ways including promoting equality and changing institutional biases.

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Video resources on women's empowerment through co-operatives: Other resources:
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