WEBINAR: Advancing Women's Economic Opportunity Through Member-Owned Enterprises

With USAID’s Offices of Local Sustainability and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM EDT

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR HERE

Member-owned enterprises - or cooperatives - are catalysts for women’s economic empowerment. Through ownership of these businesses, women globally earn higher wages, have better market access, and more easily obtain leadership positions. However, barriers still exist at all levels which prevent women from fully participating in the economy.

Please join us and experts from the International Cooperative Alliance, the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, HealthPartners, Land O’Lakes Venture37, Global Communities and Equal Exchange as we learn from their research and experience in the field.

Panelists will share insights from studies and interventions conducted across various sectors in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

KEYNOTE

María Eugenia Pérez
President, Gender Equality Committee, International Cooperative Alliance

INTRODUCTION

Sylvia Cabus
Senior Gender Advisor, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID

Wade Channell
Senior Economic Growth Advisor for Gender, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Emily Varga
Director of Cooperative Development, Office of Local Sustainability, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID

Judith Hermanson, Ph.D.
Research Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Sarah Murungi
Chief of Party, HealthPartners Uganda

Kari Onyancha
Chief of Party, Land O’Lakes Venture 37

Kristin Wilcox Feldman
Chief of Party, Global Communities

Julia Baumgartner
Cooperative Development Program Manager, Equal Exchange