Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau visits SOCODEVI for International Development Week
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie met with 150 women and men administrators from the SOCODEVI network of cooperatives and mutuals and highlighted the importance of the empowerment of women in Canada’s policy for international aid.
“The purpose is not to draw up a policy by women to help women. Instead, we sincerely believe that women provide leverage for change and development and that women can have a major impact on creating economic growth,” stated the Minister during her presentation on February 5 in Québec City. In a friendly atmosphere, Minister Bibeau also emphasized the importance of capacity building to help empower women and ensure that cooperatives possess the attributes normally needed for that purpose.
“Inequalities between women and men are major obstacles to making tangible improvements to the standard of living in communities. Our commitment over the last 30 years has been to contribute to achieving equality. The cooperatives and mutuals that we are strengthening around the world provide leverage to reach that goal,” stated SOCODEVI president Cécile B. Pichette in her speech to the group. For SOCODEVI, promoting inclusive economic growth is necessary for achieving the targets set for reducing poverty. The role cooperatives play in helping reach these targets has been demonstrated many times over.
At the event SOCODEVI presented the concrete results achieved in reducing the gaps between women and men in Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras and Ukraine. A video clip titled 10 reasons why cooperatives provide leverage for women’s empowerment was shown and has been made available online at https://vimeo.com/socodevi/10reasonscoopwomenempowerment