Gender Equality Committee

The Alliance's Gender Equality Committee (GEC) is a catalyst for change to make gender equality a reality in all co-operatives and serves as forum for the discussion and exchange of experiences and ideas on issues related to gender equality. 

The GEC's vision is of a co-operative movement led by women and men, and based upon equity, solidarity, democracy, and development. In this vision, women's and men's values, skills, and contributions are valued equally and the organisation of work and decision-making structures are based on all people's needs and views. The realisation of this vision will not only make the co-operative movement and societies truly democratic and more successful, but also contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, as outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The Gender Equality Committee is a thematic committee of the International Co-operative Alliance which promotes equality between women and men and gender integration in the co-operative movement and society. It was formerly known as the Alliance's Global Women's Committee. The Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe organisations of the International Co-operative Alliance have created regional committees. Get in touch with the Gender Equality Committee. 

Executive Committee

María Eugenia Pérez Zea, Colombia (Chair)

Marjaana Saarikoski, Finland (Vice-Chair)

Xiomara Núñez de Céspedes, Dominican Republic (Vice-Chair)

Arti Bisaria, India

Vanya Boyuklieva, Central Co-operative Union, Bulgaria

Stefania Marcone, Alleanza Cooperative Italiane, Italy

Malena Riudavets, COCETA, Spain


Signature by the Chair of the ICA Youth Network, Sebastien Chaillou, the Executive Director of Cooperative and Mutuals Canada, Denyse Guy and the Director General of the ICA, Bruno Roelants.
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