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8:30 – 9:30:  Registration


9:30 – 9:45: Welcome Address 


Mr. Balasubramanian Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP


9:45- 10:00: Role of Co-operatives in contributing to the welfare of women and children: Case study of Nepal


Ms. Om Devi Malla, ICA Global Board Member


10:00- 10:15: National figure speech:  “The role of women in strengthening the cooperative sector”


Dr. Ali Rabie , Sociologist  former minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, Islamic Republic of Iran


10:15-10:30: Keynote Address on “Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women in Co-operatives”


Dr. Susan Bastani, Representative from the Vice President of Women, Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran


10:40-10:55: Clip


Video Clip for Iran’s Women Cooperative


10:55 – 11:55:  Panel Discussion on “Bolstering preparedness and safeguarding women’s interests”


Moderator- Ms. Savitri Singh, Program Director, ICA-AP

Ms. Laleh Daraie, National Coordinator, SGP, Global Environment Fund, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ms. Diana Dovgan, Secretary General, CICOPA

Dr. Chiyoge B. Sifa, Regional Director, ICA-Africa 

Dr. Arghavan Farzin Motamed, CEO Consultant (cooperatives and financial inclusion for women), Cooperative Development Bank of Iran


11:55 – 12:55: Presentation - country examples


Dr. Semiramis Shahemaili, IRAN. Problem Diagnosis of Local Cooperatives in Deprived regions

Dato' Che Mohd. Sukree, Vice President, ANGKASA, Malaysia

Ms.Tran Thu Hang, Vice Director, International Relations, Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA)

Ms. Cao Wei, Senior Manager, ACFSMC, China

Ms. Meena Pokhrel, Senior Program Manager, NACCFL, Nepal


14:00 - 15:00: Group Discussion- “Strengthening the pillars of co-operative resilience by uplifting women: enabling environment, ecosystem and leadership management” 


Facilitators- Ms. Anahita Eslahpazir; CEO, Rah-e-Roshd Co-operative Educational Complex, Iran

Ms. Farzin, Barg-e-Noor Research and Training Cooperative, Iran

Ms. Anam Mittra, Secretary, IC-AP (WC)


15:15- 16:00:  Report of the Group Discussions 


16:00 – 16:30:  Report and Recommendations of the Forum


Closing Address-  Ms. Anam Mittra; Secretary, IC-AP (WC)


Event start date:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Event end date:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Venue: Tehran, Iran