The Comité québécois femmes et développement (CQFD) of the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) organized this event.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the CQFD decided to organize a large-scale conference. In July 2013, a 30-year subcommittee made up of several CQFD members was set up to plan and organize this conference.
The coordination of the conference was carried out by AQOCI’s Gender Equality Program Manager, Julie Martineau, and her assistant, Laurence Courteau.
This conference is the fruit of an eight-month long collaboration between the members of the CQFD’s 30-year subcommittee : Marie-Ginette Bouchard (co-founder and individual member of the CQFD), Myriam Gervais (McGill University), Odette Mc Carthy (CECI), Christine Messier (CUSO), AndréAnne Cloutier (Crossroads International), Lis Suarez (Fem International) and Sarah Bardaxoglou (The Social Justice Committee).
We wish to thank each and every one of these members for all their hard work over eight months that have made this conference possible.
Members of the CQFD’s 30-year subcommittee.
From left to right : Christine Messier (Cuso), Lis Suarez (Fem International), AndréAnne Cloutier (Crossroads International), Myriam Gervais (McGill University), Odette McCarthy (CECI), Marie-Ginette Bouchard (co-founder of CQFD), Sarah Bardaxoglou (The Social Justice Committee).
The Comité québécois femmes et développement (CQFD) was founded in May 1984. It was born of the interest expressed by a group of women, primarily from the field of international cooperation in Quebec, to launch a network to discuss, and to exchange information and expertise on issues related to women and international development.
Coordinated by AQOCI, the CQFD is currently made up of some 60 people, half of whom are from AQOCI member organizations and the other half from various milieux, including women’s groups, universities, labour and the community, and who represent either their organization or are private members.
The CQFD aims to be a forum for exchange and critical thinking on all issues related to the role of women in development and the transformation of gender relations. It aims to promote a feminist vision of development, and to foster solidarity between northern and southern hemisphere women’s groups working to promote gender equality.
The Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), encompasses 65 organizations that work both abroad and in Quebec for sustainable, human development. AQOCI’s mission is to promote and support the work of its members as well as their international solidarity initiatives. Through the power of its network, AQOCI strives to eliminate poverty and build a world based on the principles of justice, inclusiveness, equality and respect of human rights.
L’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), est un regroupement de 64 organisations québécoises qui œuvrent, à l’étranger et au Québec, pour un développement durable et humain.