Nandini announces international women’s network of 1,000 members

Addressing the 66th edition of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 66) virtual side event in Chennai recently, WWF President Nandini Azad and ICNW announced that a network international for women in cooperatives with 1,000 members was born.

Nandini Azad said the new organization would seek to raise awareness about the role of women in the cooperative sector across the world. “The UN has come to us, and now is the time for this movement to go international to raise awareness about the role of women,” she said.

Ms. Nandini pointed out that her cooperative organizations could hone their skills to boost women’s immunity during the pandemic. They learned new lessons about building financial and social resilience,” she said.

The UN 66 Commission on the Status of Women began with the song of courage of cooperating women with the words of Tamil veteran poet, freedom fighter Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi while struggling and struggling against the yoke of colonialism.

Speaking on the occasion, Nandini said: “Located in four South Indian states namely Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, this movement started by ICNW and WWF offers global leadership today – whether in New York, Germany, Brussels, Japan or Rome.”

Important global personalities attending the event included Madame Wenyan Yang, United Nations Focal Point on Cooperatives (UNDESA), Andreas Kappes from IRU, i.e. International Raiffeisen Union, Yamakoshi, Chief and New Director, Japanese Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU) and World Farmers Organization (WFO), the largest farmers’ organization in the world, policy officer Ms. Luisa Volpe from Italy on the role of women in agricultural cooperatives, (including Dr. Azad the world coordinator for cooperative policy).

Mr. Hirofumi Kobayashi, Executive Director, IDACA, initiated by one of Japan’s largest agricultural cooperatives (Ja-Zenchu) spoke about gender training in agriculture.

The historic side event of the 66th edition of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 66) was held for the second time in the historic city of Chennai.

Participants from cooperative movements from Japan, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United States and the Netherlands were present at the occasion.

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Virginia S. Braud