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Philippine co-op trainers get gender training PDF Print E-mail

The AWCF has been conducting a series of "Training of Trainers (TOT) on Gender for Co-operatives" for Philippine-based co-ops. Another such TOT will be held September 2-5, 2014 in the Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines. This TOT is for members of co-ops' Gender Committee and Education Committee; Gender Focal Persons; human resource staff; and trainers who will handle gender education in co-ops.

Interested co-operators can contact the Manila-based AWCF Secretariat for this training and other gender equality-related concerns. E-mail:
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WHY GENDER IN CO-OPS?--A Backgrounder

Co-operatives, being both social and economic enterprise, have a role to play in ensuring that the benefits gained from co-operation are equally shared by women and men members. This is warranted in two of the "Seven Principles of Co-operatives": under Principle 1) Voluntary and Open Membership,  and Principle 2) Democratic Member Control. In the Philippines, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the New Co-op Law, Rule 11, Section 5 on Social Audit of Co-ops also requires organizations to show activities and programs on their contribution to the promotion of gender-fair culture and practices.

AWCF elects officers for 2014-2016 PDF Print E-mail

AWCF announces its officers for 2014-2016, after the “AWCF 7th General Assembly” meeting held June 27, 2014 in Thailand. The General Assembly was attended by representatives of AWCF’s member-organizations and the AWCF Secretariat headed by Executive Director Ms Salome Ganibe.


In photo, the AWCF Board of Trustees, from left: Dr. Arumugam, Ms Kruewan, Ms Limocon, Ms Irawati, Mr. Pham.

Board of Trustees (BOT):
-President/Chairperson: Ms Kruewan Chonlanai (Credit Union League of Thailand [CULT, Thailand])
-Vice President, Internal Affairs: Ms Maria Elena Limocon (National Confederation of Cooperatives [NATCCO, Philippines])
-Vice President, External Affairs: Dr. Arumugam Saminathan "AS" (Credit Union Promotion Club [CUPC, Malaysia])
-Secretary: Ms Irawati Hermantyo (Forum for Indonesian Co-operatives Movement [FORMASI Indonesia, Indonesia])
-Treasurer: Mr. Pham Tai Thang (Center of Agricultural Extension Volunteers [CAEV, Vietnam])

AWCF receives appreciation plaque for gender equality efforts PDF Print E-mail


In photo, taken June 18, 2014 at the AWCF Secretariat office in the Philippines, AWCF Vice President for External Affairs Ms Irawati Hermantyo (left) and AWCF Executive Director Ms Salome Ganibe hold the Plaque of Appreciation just received by AWCF from the Philippines's Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). The Plaque contains the recognition by CDA of AWCF's gender and development efforts (earlier manifested in CDA Resolution No. 418, s-2014 issued April 21, 2014) in co-op organizations, signed by the CDA Board of Administrators led by Chairperson Emmanuel Santiaguel.

AWCF conducts trainers training on gender in Philippine co-ops PDF Print E-mail

ONGOING: "Training of Trainers (TOT) for Gender in Co-operatives"

Organized and conducted by the Asian Women in Co-operative Development Forum (AWCF)

Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza, Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City, PH; July 1-July 6, 2014

NOTE: The "TOT on Gender in Co-operatives" will also be conducted in the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines. All of the TOT conducts in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao can be attended by participants from any island groupings. Dates and venues of the TOT in Visayas and Mindanao will be announced soon.

INQUIRIES on registration and other information on this TOT can be obtained by e-mailing AWCF at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mobile numbers +639178436390 and +639175728895.


--All about the "Training of Trainers (TOT) for Gender in Co-operatives"

Is your co-operative interested in implementing a gender program? Does your co-op want to enjoy the social and economic benefits of being a gender-fair and gender-sensitive co-op? AWCF invites all Philippine co-ops to join the:

"Training of Trainers (TOT) for Gender in Co-operatives"

WHERE  and  WHEN: To be conducted in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions, Philippines. Venues and dates in Visayas and Mindanao to be announced soon.

WHO: For co-op's Gender Committee and Education Committee members, Gender Focal Persons (GFPs), human resource trainers, and other trainers who want to enable change and make change work for the continuous development of Philippine co-operatives

WHAT: Training Objective: After the training, the participants’ knowledge, attitudes, skills, and capacity as gender trainers will be enhanced thus enabling them to organize, conduct and manage gender equality (GE)-related training activities in co-ops.

Specifically, the participants will:

•     Understand and differentiate sex and gender, determine factors that influence gender, and reflect to build awareness of their gender situation that affects relations with one another and with the co-operatives

•     Commit to make changes in themselves and put equal value on men and women – their roles, contributions, rights, benefits; and break down gender issues and apply the new ideas to respond to the call of bringing about gender equality (GE) at home, work, and in the co-ops

•     Have better understanding of the principles and concepts of the adult education training process, and be more skillful in the selection of appropriate training approaches and methodologies for effective conduct of gender training events

•     Deepen their commitment in preparing a GE training plan of action to promote greater gender awareness within the co-ops.

ORGANIZER: AWCF is a resource center and advocacy body on gender and co-op development. Since its founding in 1990, AWCF’s activities in the Philippines and five other Asian countries have aimed at helping support co-operative growth through the advocacy and practice of GE in co-ops. Toward this goal, one of AWCF’s foremost activities is giving training to gender trainers, GFPs, gender advocates, and role models who will be GE champions in their co-operatives and will, in turn, train and inspire even more gender-aware co-operators. AWCF has extensive experience in gender mainstreaming in co-operatives in the Philippines and in Asia. It works with various in-country and international agencies in designing and implementing gender and co-op development programs and projects.

CDA Accredited Training Provider (Accreditation Number: CTPRO 070)


AWCF gives gender inputs to co-op federation assembly PDF Print E-mail

tell1Asian Women in Co-operative Development Forum (AWCF) Executive Director Ms Salome Ganibe was the speaker in the breakout session on “Elderly and Gender Advocacies” of the Philippines’s VICTO National Cooperative Federation and Development Center (VICTO National)’s “44th Annual General Meeting and National Convention.”  VICTO National’s event was held May 17-18, 2014 in the Manila Grand Opera Hotel, City of Manila, Philippines.

Officers of different co-op committees and staff from co-operatives in the VICTO National network attended the breakout session. Ms Ganibe told the participants that gender mainstreaming can help co-ops in the socio-economic aspects. She also updated the participants on the developments in Philippine co-ops after the issuance in November 2013 of the Memorandum Circular (MC) on gender and development (GAD) from the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). It will be recalled that AWCF supported the call of Philippine co-ops (made in December 2012 and May 2013) directed to the CDA, as the main government body tasked for co-op development, to support gender mainstreaming in the co-op sector that will result to socio-economic gains. The co-ops’ call to CDA led to various developments for gender in the Philippine co-op sector, such as the issuance of the said MC, and the holding of the country’s first-ever national summit on GAD in co-ops, held March 2014 in Subic Bay, PH.

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