Technical Support

To achieve our purpose, we provide technical support to generate new knowledge through analysis of specific issues and pilot projects to inform policy and program development, to ultimately enhance the abilities of women farmers/entrepreneurs to meet their practical needs related to food security, energy and sustainable development, while addressing their strategic interests for empowerment and balanced gender relations. WOCAN also acts as an ‘incubator’ of new field-tested ideas that support its mission, through innovative ideas that may serve to increase women’s assets and transform gender relations.

October 11, 2017
A two-day workshop on Mainstreaming Gender in the Organization was organized by the Mekong River Commission Secretariat with partial funding support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) / the Embassy of Sweden on the 12 and 13October. A training team from Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) conducted the workshop....
October 8, 2017
The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) commissioned Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) to organize and conduct a three-day (s) workshop on integrating gender into climate risk assessment and adaptation planning of the NAP-Ag program at the local level from 8-10 Oct in Kathmandu, Nepal. A total of 28 participants (11 women and 17...
October 10, 2017
Almost one year has passed and we are proud to say that winning the UNFCCC 2016 award enabled WOCAN to showcase the W+ Standard as a means to make a positive impact on women’s empowerment and climate simultaneously. Since then, we have taken concrete steps. Last month, we announced a new mechanism to link co-benefits of women’s empowerment with carbon projects. WOCAN’s W...
In programs: The W+ Standard
September 28, 2017
From January through May, 2017, WOCAN was contracted by the Forest Carbon PartnershipFacility of the World Bank to conduct a gender assessment at the district and communitylevel within the Emissions Reduction Program area to provide baseline information on thevarious social, economic and political conditions that women face in the forest sector, and toidentify...
September 27, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 from 27-29 September in Christchurch, New Zealand. She was the speaker in two panels which focused on ‘Social enterprise fostering inclusion and equality’ and ‘ Impact measurement and impact modelling’. The inclusion and equality panel showcased the work of social entrepreneurs whose...
In programs: The W+ Standard
September 20, 2017
To celebrate the recently announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN hosted two panel sessions on September 20th in New York City. In the first session titled “Better Together: Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefits with Carbon Standards”, David Antonioli, CEO of VCS emphasized that this partnership is a game changer and powerful mechanism for carbon project...
In programs: The W+ Standard
August 29, 2017
Media Alert: VCS and WOCAN partner to link co-benefits of women’s empowerment with carbon projects.
In programs: The W+ Standard
July 28, 2017
Jeannette and Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Specialist for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF World Bank), coordinating social inclusion and sustainability in REDD+ in East Asia and the Pacific, joined 16 staff of the the Green Climate Fund in Songdo, Korea to share experiences on Gender Integration in REDD+ on Friday, July 28. Juan Chang, Senior Forest and Land Use Specialist of...
In programs: The W+ Standard
July 28, 2017
Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, facilitated the workshop on 26-28 July in Apia, Samoa. The workshop provided an overview of gender concepts, introduced gender analysis methods/tools and led the participants to develop activities and identify capacity needs. ​
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...

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Nov
10
Session:Advancing the economic empowerment of women by Investing with a Gender Lens – Lessons learned and alliances built Friday November 10, 2017 11:15 – 12:45 Impact investors increasingly include gender lens as an attractive tool to provide social and financial returns. The level of involvement and experience within this field vary amongEVPA members. In this...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
20
To celebrate the recently-announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN is hosting two panel sessions from 1pm to 3pm, on September 20th, at the Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY. Through WOCAN’s W+ Standard, community development and carbon projects can now add on credible, measurable women’s empowerment co-benefits, providing...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May
23
Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains| Date: May 23, 2:30 PM– 4:15 PM, Connections 1 Venue:Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 Chaired byAdam Smith International While significant advances have been made in integrating WEE into market system...
Jun
8
Agriculture is the cornerstone of many Asian economies with about 40% of the population depending on this sector for their livelihoods. Women involved in agriculture are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation. This session during the AVPN 2017 Conference will highlight approaches to Gender Lens Investing in Agriculture across several Asian countries. Jeannette will moderate...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Mar
21
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...
In programs: Membership Engagement
Nov
16
UNFCCC is organizing a series of special events from 12-17 November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22), to celebrate the 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities with inspiring videos, photography, roundtable discussions, an exhibition space and an evening award ceremony. The W+ Standard's pilot project in Nepal is one of the winners for the Momentum...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Nov
22
Click here toRegister There is currently a momentum for companies and organizations to proclaim their goals and targets for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many of these are doing so in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Others understand the link of gender equality and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
16
WOCAN invites other Bay Area leaders supporting women’s empowerment and the integration of gender equality in climate change, food security and poverty elimination projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America to learn more about our programs, and discuss areas of common interest with WOCAN’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. WOCAN...

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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...
In programs: Membership Engagement
This case study analyses and compares the roleof women and men in two production systemsdominated by rice–rice (double cropping) and rice–shrimp. It assesses the gender division of labour, timeuse and work burden, and reviews the access to andadoption of labour-saving technologies and services.The research draws attention to the importanceof making...
This paper,reviews climate change relatedpolicies and strategies in East Africa through a gendered lens. The countries whose legislativeand policy frameworks are in focus include: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Thestudy assesses how these countries have integrated gender in their climate change legislation,policies and strategies to support the vulnerable...
Across many parts of Indonesia, investment in oil palm has brought accelerated forms ofland acquisition and market engagement for communities, signalling far-reachingimplications for equity and well-being of current and future generations. This paperuses a conjunctural feminist political ecology approach to explore gendered andgenerational engagements with oil palm in...
From January through May, 2017, WOCAN was contracted by the Forest Carbon PartnershipFacility of the World Bank to conduct a gender assessment at the district and communitylevel within the Emissions Reduction Program area to provide baseline information on thevarious social, economic and political conditions that women face in the forest sector, and to identify opportunities...
This video is produced by WOCAN and the Forest Carbon PartnershipFacility of the World Bank for the gender assessment at the district and communitylevel within the Emissions Reduction Program area to provide baseline information on thevarious social, economic and political conditions that women face in the forest sector, and toidentify opportunities and real benefits that...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This review has been undertaken in the context of preparation of a concept note for the Kenyadairy NAMA. Biogas promotion is one of the project components. Mitigation actions shouldaim to achieve greater, more effective, sustainable, and equitable climate change results,outcomes and impacts; ensure that women and men have equal opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from...
This paper complements the gender and technology adoption literature by shifting attention to what happens after adoption of a technology. Understanding the expected benefits and costs of adoption from the perspective of women users can help explain the technology adoption rates that are observed and why technology adoption is often not sustained in the longer term. Drawing on qualitative data...
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,...

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