ILO COOP/SSE participates in the side event on Women Social Economy Leaders at the Social Economy Conference in Spain

The side event took place in Donostia/San Sebastian at the Social Economy Conference for Europe under the Spanish Presidency on 14 November 2023.

News | 21 November 2023
The side event was organized by the Group of Women Leaders of the Social Economy in Spain which aims to identify the main challenges to be addressed to strengthen and promote the role of women in social economy entities in Spain. The objective of this side event, organized with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, was to share the national experiences and to link them to the regional and international context.

The side event was moderated by Carmen Marcuello, President of OIBESCOOP Professor in the Department of Business Management at the University of Zaragosa. Among the women leaders participating in this debate were those are practitioners, researchers and policy makers of the social economy in Spain: Jone Nolte, President of LABORPAR, Leire Mugerza, Vice-President of CEPES and President of Mondragon Congress, and Ana Olveira, President of Espazo Coop, Union of Galician Cooperatives.

Three international participants also joined the debate, namely Simel Esim, co-chair of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) and Head of the Cooperatives, Social and Solidarity Economy Unit in the ILO, Barbara Sak, Director, CIRIEC International and Sandra Moreno, Executive Secretary, RIPESS. The speakers were to answer three key questions:

  • What are the most salient challenges facing the Social and Solidarity Economy from a gender perspective?
  • What do you consider to be the most significant contributions of the SSE in terms of gender equity that deserve to be highlighted and shared?
  • What opportunities for collaboration and alliances at the international level should we explore to further advance gender inclusion in the Social Solidarity Economy?
After the debate, Ana Bermúdez Odriozola, Deputy Director General for the Technical Office of the Social Economy Investment Plan and Araceli Bayón Gayo, Deputy Director General, Special Delegation for the Social Economy provided conclusions to the debate based on the discussion between the speakers. The session was concluded with a series of questions from the audience to the speakers.