Women in the worldwide coffee sector have a special reason to celebrate International Women's Day this year. A new and important window has opened which allows for the construction of a more participative and inclusive coffee sector. During the 112th Meeting of the International Coffee Organization's Council, which was held this week in London, a decision was taken for the IWCA to be a participant on the Private Sector Consultative Board of the ICO.
The Brazilian Government requested for IWCA to participate in the ICO Private Sector Consultative Board because of the recognized importance of IWCA activities to promote social progress in the coffee sector. The proposal was supported by the ICO Executive Director Robéiro Silva and was approved by consensus by the member countries of the ICO.
The Private Sector Consultative Board was established in 1999 and has sought to increase the coffee world market, both by volume and value, as stated in its working plan of the ICO (The PSCB has agreed that its main mission and objective should be to increase the world coffee market in both value and volume).
The IWCA is a non-profit organization, present in 16 countries around the world, whose mission is to empower women participating in the entire coffee chain. An IWCA Chapter was established in Brazil in 2012, and it has since been consolidating itself as an entity that promotes coffee and women involved in the coffee business.
Josiane Cotrim represented the IWCA at the ICO session where the initiative was approved. In her opinion, the solutions to the current coffee challenges include increased participation, both operational and executive, in the decision making process of women in all instances of the coffee sector.