Speaking virtually at the just-concluded 60th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, the Chairperson of the Working Women’s Forum, Dr. Nandini Azad, paid tribute to her mother, the legendary WWF founder , the late Dr. Jaya Arunachalam, who took the lead in organizing atomized and unregulated women. from the informal sector to this mass cooperative organization.
The high voltage event was titled: “Cooperative Women Warriors Fighting COVID-19 with Sustainable Gender and Equity Strategies: The Iconic Case of Working Women’s Forum (India) and Indian Cooperative Network for Women “. It took place in Chennai.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Azad called ICNW and WWF great achievements of the Indian cooperative sector. She said that spread across the southern states of India, the cooperatives have been working for 43 years helping poor and helpless women. She noted that WWF-ICNW has played an active role in the international cooperative movement and raised issues of gender and cooperation. neglected sections of the population trapped in the brutal informal sector.
The Secretary of the new Ministry of Cooperatives, Government of India, Mr. DK Singh, on behalf of the Government of India, congratulated Dr. Azad and his organizations for the event as well as for briefing the assembly on the challenges faced by Indian women and their ability to overcome them through engagement with cooperatives.
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Inclusive Social Development Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs | United Nations, opened the event in Chennai from New York.
The full keynote address on the issue was delivered by Madame Simel Esim, Head of the Cooperatives Unit of the International Labor Organization, Geneva.
A short video on the theme of the event i.e. the micro entrepreneur warrior i.e. covid heroines event honoring thousands of poor women who have helped their organisations/ cooperatives to survive the pandemic, was broadcast on occasion.
Several prominent co-operators representing, the International Raiffeisen Union Germany’s oldest cooperative union and DGRV, the association of German cooperative unions, the Asia-Pacific Committee on Women of the International Cooperative Alliance for Asia- Pacific, the Japanese Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU), and others attended the event virtually.