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Accelerating progress in gender equality through cooperatives

Under the theme “Invest in women: Accelerate progress”, the 2024 International Women’s Day focuses on the need to provide the necessary and appropriate resources to ensure the success of gender equality policies and measures. It also stresses the importance of expenditure with gender focus, so that it truly mitigates gender inequalities.

According to the latest report on gender equality progress by UN Women and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), “lackluster commitment to gender equality is to blame for limited progress across Sustainable Development Goal 5”. Expanding women’s participation in leadership and decision-making and right-sizing investments in gender equality at the national, regional and global levels, are among the concrete actions mentioned in this report to substantially accelerate progress by 2030.

Cooperatives, grounded in values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and
solidarity, offer unique opportunities for women to gain ownership, raise their voices, and participate actively in their communities. This active participation leads to positive ripple effects across multiple spheres of their lives, benefiting not only themselves but also their communities.

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