What is Co-operative Women's Voices?

Launched in 2011, Co-operative Women’s Voices aims to ensure that women are fairly represented at all levels within co-operative businesses and to campaign for gender equity more broadly in society. We are currently working in partnership with Co-op News on a brand new series of webinars, with support also coming from Co-operatives UK in previous years.

From the start, the co-operative movement has led the way in campaigning for gender equality, and whilst co-operatives perform better at leadership level than most FTSE companies, there is still progress to be made.

Previous research

Our research, carried out in support of the Co-operative Women's Voices Initiative, found that there are many and varied inspirational women working in the co-operative movement. Their responses showed how proud they were of their role and of working for a sector that has clear values and principles.

Women commented that they loved being part of the co-op movement and were keen to use the Women's Voices network as an opportunity to create supportive spaces and inspirational events to share experiences and advice, meet new people in the movement and develop networks.

New webinar series

Our new webinar series, delivered in partnership with Co-op News, began in September 2020.

Take a look at the format and view the session with Ana Aguirre, co-founder of TZBZ co-op and Vice President on the International Cooperative Alliance Youth Committee, who sat in the hot seat last year.


When is the next Co-operative Women's Voices event?

Co-op Women

The next Co-op Women's Voices event takes place on Wednesday 26 January 2022 from 10am-11am. It will see Cheryl Barrott join Dr Sarah Alldred and Rebecca Harvey for a chat on all things co-ops and much, much more.

Cheryl chairs the Sheffield Co-operative Development Group and is a vice-chair of Co-operatives UK. She also chairs the Co-operative Party's Disability Network and is a co-founder of Change AGEnts.

Tickets are free - book your place via the button below.

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We always announce details of future sessions on our Twitter and Facebook pages too, so make sure you're following us to avoid missing out! 

Our other projects focused on empowering women

We work across the globe with projects aimed at empowering women in countries such as Sri Lanka. Read Sri Baskaralingam's story and see how you can help us to continue transforming lives for the better.