Gender equality and women's empowerment in co-operatives: A literature review

10 Oct 2016

This October 2016 report published by the International Co-operative Alliance reveals the contributions of co-operatives to gender equality and women's empowerment in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and identifies ways that co-operatives can do more to further gender-related objectives.

Included in the report are:

  • A review of existing literature on gender equality and women's empowerment in co-operatives in terms of economic rights and access, social and cultural rights, legal rights, political participation and psychological well-being;
  • An analysis of three sectors in which co-operatives operate - agriculture, finance, and consumer - and their particular context for gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • A compilation of eighteen practical publications (guidebooks, manuals, and other training materials) on gender equality and women's empowerment of interest for co-operatives; and
  • Key findings and stakeholder-specific recommendations for further action.

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