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Organised by the ICA-AP Committee on Women, the 11th Asia and Pacific Regional Women’s Forum will be held in conjunction with the ICA 33rd World Cooperative Congress on Deepening the Cooperative Identity. It will serve as a timely platform to discuss why the Cooperative Identity matters to women. The identity of women cooperators is embedded within a wide range of social, economic, cultural, political, and religious contexts, which shape and influence their identity and position in society. The Cooperative Identity rooted in principles and values offers women the opportunity to organise themselves to realise their common economic, social and cultural needs irrespective of their diverse backgrounds and contexts.

 

The forum will deliberate on how the Cooperative Identity positively impacts women cooperative members from diverse backgrounds; issues and challenges experienced by women in practising cooperative principles and values; and what can be done to further strengthen the positive impact.

 

The episodes of intra and inter-state conflicts and violence against women are increasing. The forum would encourage an exchange of views between cooperators on the impact of conflict and violence on women and seek their recommendations for the inclusion of peace and non-violence in the Statement of Cooperative Identity.

 

The forum will focus on:
 

  • Principle 1: voluntary and open membership
  • Principle 2: democratic member control
  • Principle 3: member economic participation (in the age of digitalisation)
  • Principle 5: education, training and information
  • Peace and non-violence as prospective values in the Cooperative Identity

 

The objectives of the forum are to:
 

  • Share good case practices and exchange strategies for implementation of the Cooperative Identity that favour women
  • Establish grounds for future activities and policy action to support women in leveraging the cooperative advantage
  • Seek recommendations from women on peace and non-violence as prospective values in the Cooperative Identity

 

The Forum is scheduled on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Grand Walkerhill, Seoul, South Korea and online via Zoom, from 9 am to 12 pm (Korea time). For registration, click here.