Gender Equality

WOCAN Side Event at Rio+20

WOCAN organized a side event in Rio+20 Conference entitled “Women’s Leadership in A Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contribution”. Five speakers delivered presentations on the case studies from Asia and Africa highlighting the importance of women’s leadership in green economy initiatives.

Case Study: An Assessment of Gender and Women’s Exclusion in REDD+ in Nepal

This assessment was conducted by WOCAN and the Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal in February 2012 to provide a review of the current REDD+ policy, processes and pilots in Nepal from a gender perspective, and to highlight the extent to which these have included or excluded women at the national and local levels. It also provides recommendations for how REDD+ initiatives can more effectively include women and attend to gender issues.

Engendering the Climate for Change: Policies and Practices for Gender-Just Adaptation

This research report by Aditi Kapoor explicitly highlights the causes and concerns of women due to changing climate. It rightly points out that climate change would put an extra pressure on women activities ranging from agriculture, fetching water to fodder collection; and critically analyses the implications for women livelihoods generation.

Why Women Matter: The gender dimension of climate change adaptation policies

Four of the National Missions under India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change focus on climate change adaptation in the areas of agriculture, water resources, forests and the Himalayan eco-system. Successful adaptation to climate change, however, requires recognition of poor women as critical partners in both driving and delivering solutions because women often constitute a majority of the work force in these sectors.

2011 BRIDGE – Gender and Climate Change

Climate change is increasingly being recognized as a global crisis, but responses to it have so far been overly focused on scientific and economic solutions, rather than on the significant human and gender dimensions. This report highlights the need to put people at the centre of climate change responses, paying particular attention to the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality.


Integrating Gender into the R & D Cycle and the Organization

A workshop on concepts and methods to integrate gender into the Research and Development (R&D) Cycle, and the Organization was jointly organized by the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WOCAN) in Kunming, PRC. There were a total of 17 participants from ICRAF and the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), and one trainer from WOCAN.

USAID Gender and REDD+: An Asia Regional Analysis

The report, Gender and REDD+: An Asia Regional Analysis provides a summary of gender components of REDD+ programs in Asia, a sub-regional summary of women's forest use and role in forest management and governance, and recommendations for how upcoming programs can mainstream gender considerations into REDD+ projects by learning from and building upon current regional REDD+ models, to ensure that USAID assistance makes the optimal contribution to gender equality.