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Women and the Economy

Published in May 2001

This Proposals Paper summarizes the work of the Women and the Economy workshop, in which more than 50 people took part via an electronic forum, and two meetings, one in Paris between October 9 and 11, 2000, and the other in Havana between April 9 and 11 2001.


Women live, work and produce in strongly contrasting conditions. However it seems that they share an understanding of fundamental problems and of the need to transform the theories and practices of economics. They share a consensus on the objectives of equality for men and women as well as the inclusion of the value "solidarity" in economic relationships and structures. Economic autonomy, freedom of expression, and liberty are equally at the heart of the personal and collective aspirations of women. They demand to be considered as persons and citizens in the full sense of the word. The value of "solidarity" is not a cure-all; women have known the power and the limits of the term solidarity within human relationships for a long time. However, they consider it a fundamental value for renewing economic relationships among people. The relationship of women with the economy is part of an overall vision of society and a holistic concept of the human being.
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Coordinated by ...

- Cécile Sabourin

Cécile Sabourin is Teacher in the University of Quebec at Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She is Coordinator of the Committee Québec/Canada of the Alliance for a Charter of Human Responsibilities and member of its International Animation Committee. Formed in Economy with specialization in the domain of tourism, she is especially interested in the political and social aspects of the dominating economic model. She facilitated the workshop "Women and Economy" of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World (2000-2004) and is chairwoman of the Quebec Federation of University Teachers (FQPPU). One important goal of this post is to act in favour of Public Education and Academic unionism. She is also chairwoman of the Centre of Socioeconomic and Cultural Research and Animation.


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- Josée Belleau

Some prominent experiences that reveal "my colours" in part: I’ve co-facilitated the activities of the workshop "women and economy" of the alliance (2000/2001). I’ve co-produced a "Mosaic in homage to the struggles of women through the world" with the team of the World March of women (1999). I’ve co-organized a citizen, pro-active and solidarity refusal against the pseudo consensus of a socioeconomic Summit that wanted to make us swallow neo-liberal policies (1996). I’ve co-organized and participated in the women march against the poverty " bread and roses", a 200 kilometres march with 800 great women and thousands of supporters along the roads and at the arrival (1995). I’ve organized a tour in a dozen of centres of rural and urban women that developed solidarity socio-economic projects with excluded or discriminated women (1992). I’ve animated a cultural evening intituled "Feminist Utopias" with more of hundred happy women around a delicious banquet (1988). I’ve lived in an habitat cooperative at the top of its capacity of tolerance and social mixture (1983-1986). I’ve collaborated to the setting up of a solidarity workshop of creation and exhibition of visual arts in a popular district (1977). In 2002, I am an individual member of the following organizations: Relais-Femmes (Center of formation and research for women groups). Centre de Formation Populaire (for organisms and communitarian enterprises). Federation of the Women of Quebec (political action in favour of the equality of women). Carrefour québecois pour le développement local (A pact among local development actors). Finally, I work by myself and I offer facilitation, formation and research services in the domains of the communitarian action and development.


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Topics Included

economy . solidarity economy . gender relations . women . world


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