• The IWCA is the voice of women in coffee – from see to cup – throughout the world. • We give women the resources and the forum to make connections and develop opportunities that benefit them, their families and their communities.• We are a 501c3 charitable organization with 11 board members, seven volunteer committees and four international chapters.• The IWCA embraces the core values of respect, sustainability, abundance, integrity, collaboration and making a difference.
• And so our efforts are focused on creating small changes in individual communities.• The IWCA is organized into small, hyper-local chapters in the world’s major growing regions. • Each chapter is comprised of local women who fully understand the needs, opportunities and roadblocks that are unique to their communities and are focused on providing solutions specific to their towns. Using the IWCA as vehicle for networking, education and empowerment, they are making significant positive changes in their immediate areas.• These changes create a ripple effect, benefitting more and more people.• Affecting change on a wider, and eventually global, scale.
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Women:Perform Produce Earn 10% of Own only66% of the 50% of the the world’s 1%of theworld’s work world’s food income world’s land
IWCA Mission“Empower women in the international coffee communityto achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and toencourage and recognize the participation of women in allaspects of the coffee industry."
IWCA: the Voice of Women In CoffeeAdvocate for disadvantaged women from “seed to cup”Provide access to funding and other resourcesProvide a forum for connection to other women andorganizations
Women need to have a greater voicethroughout the entire value chain
IWCA GOAL:Increase the number of women in decision-making positions.
Participation of women amongglobal coffee organizationsOrganization No. of Men (%) No. of Women (%)SCA America Board of Directors 11 (79%) 3 (21%)SCA India Core Committee 8 (80%) 2 (20%)Brazil SCA Exec. Board of Directors 8 (89%) 1 (11%)SCA Europe Board of Directors 10 (83%) 2 (17%)National Coffee Association (US) 22 (100%) 0
Participation of women in Central andSouth American governments Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.
Do women make a difference in the business world? On average, Fortune 500 companies with more women on their boards of directors turned in better financial performance than those with fewer women board directors. Source: 2007 Catalyst Report, The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards