The Coop Talk revealed valuable insights and perspectives on gender-related matters within cooperatives, with a particular focus on their role in fostering sustainable development.
Monday, 10 July 2023
Virtual (Zoom) – The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration observed on the first Saturday of July every year. It is a global occasion dedicated to recognizing and promoting the importance of cooperatives in socio-economic development. Under the theme, Cooperatives for sustainable development, this year marks the 29th International Day of Cooperatives recognized by the United Nations and the 101st International Cooperative Day since its proclamation in 1923.
NEDAC commemorated the International Day of Cooperatives by organizing NEDAC Coop Talk on “Gender Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development of Cooperatives” on Monday, 10 July 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Bangkok Time, GMT+7). The Coop Talk was held virtually via Zoom meeting. It was attended by 30 participants from 12 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malawi, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. The participants consisted of professionals from agricultural and cooperative organizations, research institutions, working groups, and educational institutions who actively engaged in the field of cooperatives and gender-related initiatives.
The keynote speaker of this Coop Talk is Professor Kyoko Kusakabe from the Gender and Development Studies, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of technology, Thailand. Professor Kusakabe delivered an extensive presentation on gender equality, the role of women, their involvement, and empowerment within cooperatives.
After the keynote session, the participants actively engaged in an interactive Q&A session fruitful discussion facilitated by Dr. K.R. Salin, Honorary Director of NEDAC. The interesting insights and potential for collaboration between NEDAC and participants also discussed. Additionally, constructive feedback was provided to NEDAC regarding its role in promoting gender issues within cooperatives. Then, the Coop Talk was officially concluded.