WIN included in new book: Concern for Community-the Relevance of Co-operatives to Peace
A new e-book called Concern for Community: the Relevance of Co-operatives to Peace by Dr Ian MacPherson and Dr Yehudah Paz is now available for free online and includes WIN in a case study. Its publication was funded by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and you can download your free copy at www.peace.coop.
The book highlights how cooperatives around the world contribute to international peace building. Here are a couple of passages from the chapter on WIN, Case Study Seven: Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative: Re-defining the Meaning of Peace in the Lives of Women, written by Neil Nunn:
“For the last 20 years the Victoria Women in Need (WIN) Community
Cooperative...has been dedicated to bringing peace to the lives of
women in need of support. This is done primarily by “creating opportunities
for women and their families to be self-sufficient, employed,
inspired, socially and environmentally aware, and connected
to their communities.” As a community co-operative, WIN strongly
believes in the equal value of all individuals and is dedicated to empowering
“In contemporary Western society, gender-based social problems
become normalized and are generally obscured from sight...
WIN Community Cooperative plays an important role in making violence
against women visible and is motivated to actively seek solutions.
Since the extent of violence and
the cost to human life that results from violence targeting women
and domestic abuse can be equated to many wars and civil conflicts,
to address this globally pervasive form of violence is to address a
profound need for peace worldwide. Overall, WIN is committed to
creating conditions for peace in the lives of women and communities
through transformative works.”
“As a not-for-profit social co-operative, WIN is dedicated to the cooperative
values that bring community, social responsibility, equity,
and care for others to the forefront of their vision. The co-operative
business model was originally chosen to guide the organization as
it offered employees an opportunity to have input and take part in
shaping the future of the organization, as well as to develop social
governance skills. Of course, the focus of WIN extends beyond assisting
women and their families to transition out of crisis situations
by aiding in creating opportunities for women to be self-sufficient.”
There are many fantastic examples in the book about how cooperatives actively and practically engage in peace building and it’s so nice to be included.
Next year, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary as a cooperative, so stayed tuned to learn more about our rich cooperative history at WIN.