For some years now RIPESS has been involved in recognizing the role of women as key players in the social and solidarity economy (SSE). In fact, SSE, with an overall objective of supporting equality and sustainable development provides the means to overcome gender inequalities. Women constitute by far the majority of the movement, and contribute to developing the economy everywhere in the world by supporting the socio-economic vitality of their territories.

Although they make up the majority, women remain invisible, and we are aware that SSE still has many shortcomings to address: under-representation of women in governance bodies, the guarantee of women’s full economic autonomy or even an environment that is not always favourable to women in entrepreneurial development in SSE, etc.

SSE has a key role to play in promoting women’s contributions and taking their needs and interests into account.

This is why RIPESS has launched a specific virtual intercontinental working group to address these questions and thus generate exchanges on our field experiences, tools, illusions and reflections. We particularly aspire to:

  • Raise awareness on the reality, challenges and progress of women in SSE
  • Highlight womens’ innovations in SSE

The group has thus far been mainly open to RIPESS members and networks, we now wish to open it more widely to all those interested in this theme. This is why we set up an annual meeting agenda, for 2017 and 2018, to leave enough time for expert testimonials on different topics of interest identified by our group, and create a real international space for exchange. Please note that our meetings take place in all three RIPESS languages (French, English, Spanish).

  • September 12th, 2017: Development of a Women&SSE Charter
  • December 13th, 2017: SSE training with gender perspective
  • February 13th, 2018: Gender Perspective and Feminist Economics
  • April 10th, 2018: Governance & women in SSE
  • June 12th, 2018: Social Protection and Women in SSE
  • September 11th, 2018: SDGs Gender & SSE

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These meetings are therefore open to all, not only to make the most of the experience of women invested and recognized for their work in the gender&SSE perspective, to share experience and thoughts, but also to contribute, according to participants’ possibilities to local, continental and global actions by participating more actively in our working group.

Join us during our virtual meetings by contacting us in advance at or on our Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining our working group, please contact Ethel Cote, who is leading our Gender&ESS group.

And thank you for following us on our Facebook page (we publish in FR, EN, ES): “Femmes Économie sociale et Solidaire“.