Membership Engagement

We have been very pleased that since the launch of WOCAN and call for members, we have over 1152 members (936 Women and 216 Men) from 108 countries (Updated Dec 1, 2015). 41% are from Africa, 30% are from Asia and the Pacific region, 15% from North America, 11% from Europe, and 3% from Latin America.

These members are trainers, policy advisers, researcher/academics, students, extension agents, heads of government departments or divisions, consultants, directors/coordinators, donor representatives, and staff of international organizations with backgrounds in agriculture, forestry, livestock, fisheries, anthropology, sociology, economics, environmental sciences, development studies, geography and other disciplines. They are engaged in research, training/teaching, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, management, advocacy, leadership/network building, and fundraising.

More info: http://www.wocan.org/membership 

July 11, 2017
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, was the lead discussant for the SDG2 Thematic Session, during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. Meena urged the identification of emergent challenges in rapid urbanization. She emphasized that transformative change in food and agriculture is necessary to eradicating poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This means moving...
July 24, 2017
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board of Member, responded to the online discussion, led by FAO with IFAD, UNWomen and WFP. The main objective of this online discussion is to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. Kanchan emphasized the need to support women farmers’ association, help them manage federations; provide...
July 26, 2017
Jeannette spoke at the Asian Development Bank Regional Seminar on Gender Equality in Climate Change and Disasters Management: Weathering an Uncertain Future, to share WOCAN’s experiences in a session on Perspectives from Global/Regional Alliance, Research and Advocacy Organisations on Gender and Climate Change. She also delivered a training session on the W+ Standard to 20 seminar...
May 30, 2017
Jeannette Gurung, presented the key findings and recommendation from the assessment of the gender integration in the REDD+ and Emission Reduction Program in Nepal, during the workshop on 30 May in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Sindhu P Dhungana, Director of REDD IC, who gave the welcome remarks. Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Expert at World Bank Group and Dr Pem narayan...
May 23, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the session on “Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains” during the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, convened by SEEP on 23 May in Bangkok. Jeannette presented that the W+ Standard can incentivize agribusinesses to change practices, to contribute to upgrading...
April 25, 2017
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) requested the Secretariat to prepare for consideration by the Board, at its eighteenth meeting, a review and update of the Fund-wide Gender Policy and Action Plan1 adopted in decision B.09/11.2 The purpose of this call for inputs is to invite submissions from Board members, Alternate Board members, national designated authorities, focal points,...
March 21, 2017
WOCAN assisted in organizing the Embassy of Sweden’s annual workshop for regional development partner organizations: CO-CREATION FOR TRANSFORMATION– Effective Delivery on SDGs through Enhanced Cross-Sectorial Interaction on March 21-22 in Bangkok. The interactive workshop has already resulted in many new relations between the participants that hopefully will benefit from each...
March 17, 2017
Jeannette participated in the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture in Jakarta from March 14-15. Where she was a speaker on the panel: Scaling up gender empowerment initiatives in food and agriculture, which was moderated by Jenny Costelloe, Country Director, Partnerships, of Grow Asia and the other panelist were Imran Nasrullah, Chief Executive in Indonesia for Louis Dreyfus Company...
January 28, 2017
WOCAN and REDD+ IC (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Implementation Centre) organized the inception meeting on 23 January in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were a total of 31 participants (21 women and 10 men) representing Forestry and REDD related Government Ministries and Departments, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society. The objective of the meeting was to share the background of...

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This is the annual workshop for the partner organizations of the Swedish Development Cooperation inAsia and the Pacific region. The purpose of this workshop is to provide opportunity for participants to get to know eachother’s work, beyond lessons learned – in order to co-create and strategize for mutually beneficialcollaboration to deliver on the Sustainable...
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Sexual and reproductive rights are often missed out ofthe development equation.4 Reports from the grassrootslevel tell us that communities affected by climate changeperpetuate existing gender norms, and highlight theoccurrence of early/child marriage and gender-basedviolence. This shows that interventions on climate change,including climate extreme events, need...
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This assessment has been conducted to identify and understand the degree to which gender considerations have been addressed in energy policies, plans and strategies worldwide. Findings offer insights into the ways in which governments are recognizing gender considerations in the context of their energy policymaking and planning and trends with respect to key cross-cutting gender issues and...
The paper looks at a range of materials in order to develop a better understanding of how communities in generaland women more particularly impacted, are coping with and adapting to their changing circumstances; thelessons that community-based adaptations from the wider South Asian region offer for helping to mitigate adverseconditions; the state of climate adaptation policies,...
This brief, produced by the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) and the DAC WorkingParty on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT ), provides an overview of official developmentassistance (ODA) going to women’s economic empowerment. It identifies key trends, financing gaps andpriority areas for improving donor support in this area. KEY FINDINGS Aid...
Poverty targeting, gender equality and empowerment are cornerstones of IFAD’s work to reducerural poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. This puts people – rural women, men, youth andindigenous peoples – at the center of IFAD’s development projects and policy engagement. Thisunique approach aims to support the development of inclusive, equitable,...
This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of theimplementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in theContext of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed tosupport gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of...
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This report highlights that with a “gender lens” approach to energy access programs, the millions of dollars flowing to energy access initiatives around theglobe can have a greater impact on women’s empowerment.The purpose ofthis report is to reach a common understanding of this linkage and to establish a framework that takes this intoaccount. With such a...
Manipadma Jena highlights in this article thatwomen's secure tenure rights lead to several positive development outcomes for them and their families, including resilience to climate change shocks, economic productivity, foodsecurity, health, and education. She highlights thatclimate change is ushering in new population dynamics. As men’s outmigrationcfrom indigenous...
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This Briefing Paper explores the key human rights and environmental and social principles set forth in the preamble of the Paris Agreement, including the linkages to existing international obligations, and how these principles can be integrated into four key elements of the Paris Rule Book: Nationally Determined Contributions, Adaptation Communications, the Transparency Framework, and the Global...
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This is the second report of the UNHigh-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and stresses that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid. The Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. Some...

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