Cooperatives for women


SOCODEVI, in collaboration with the Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (RICEM), is pleased to organize, on July 18, 2023 in Kigali, a side event to the major Women Deliver conference presenting the cooperative movement as an autonomous, sustainable and transformative model for women’s rights and poverty reduction.


Title : Cooperatives for women

Date : July 18, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Place : Ubumwe Grande Hotel in Kigali, room Kivu – 2


With this public side event, SOCODEVI would like to invite you to a discussion on the cooperative movement’s learnings, best practices and opportunities for reflection, and thus catalyze collective solutions to advance gender equality.


The aim of the event is to show that by grouping together in successful cooperatives that support women’s economic empowerment and representation, both within the cooperative and in their cultural, political, social and economic environment, women members and their cooperatives are empowered to increase their capacity to influence social transformation for a fairer world.



  • 5:00 pm: Networking cocktail
  • 5:30 pm: Welcome address
  • 5:40 pm: Panel
  • 6:35 pm: Q&A
  • 6h50 : Speech by Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • 7:00 pm : Closing of the event


List of panelists


  • MODERATOR: Denise Murebwayire, Advisor to the Managing Director, RICEM
  • Rachel Tchéma, Gender Equality Advisor, SOCODEVI, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Jennifer Bonilla, Executive Director of the National Council of Honduran Women Cooperators
  • Kouao N’Guessan, President of the Gender Committee of the cocoa producers cooperative Farmers’ HOPE (FAHO) in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Pacifique Mugwaneza, Managing Director, Rwanda Cooperatives Agency
  • Alice Uwingabiye, Smallholder farmers financial management Consultant, World Food Program


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