SADA’s Women Cooperative
Selected at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2020
Project led by :
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), International Labour Organization (ILO)
SADA Women’s Cooperative aims to strengthen the resilience of Syrian women and girls and their host communities. Implemented in 2019, the program is an inclusive business initiative engaging refugee and local community women, providing a collective income generation mechanism for crisis-affected women. Based in Gaziantep, a Turkish city only 50 km from the Syrian border, the cooperative provides income generation and fosters social cohesion through its inclusive and democratic business model, hiring refugee and Turkish women.
International Labour Organisation is a specialized agency of the UN for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhancement of social protection and strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. ILO was founded in 1919 and became UN’s 1st specialized agency in 1946. It has a unique structure, bringing together governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives with 186 Member States. ILO Office in Turkey was opened in in 1952 for promoting decent work for all, ensuring that core ILO priorities, standards, interests, policies are promoted, and its experience is disseminated. ILO Office for Turkey has developed a programme for Syrian Refugee Crisis, promoting short and medium-term employment, strengthening the labour market and business environment in Turkey since 2014. ILO’s response to the refugee crisis is established on a strong link with key national development strategies, Turkey’s overall response framework and Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan.