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.

November 22, 2016
There is currently a growing interest 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 gender equality and women’s inclusion...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 4, 2016
WOCAN, in collaboration with AKIN Asia organized a panel discussion on ‘Women In Environment’ on 2 November in Bangkok. The panelists were Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit, Chairperson of Green World Foundation; Madeleine Recknagel, Lecturer at the International Tourism Management department at Bangkok University; Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director of the Sustainable Development...
November 17, 2016
Jeannette was interviewed by the Swiss Radio SRF 4 "Trend” program to discuss the role of women in climate politics and present the W+ Standard, which measures specifically how much women benefit from climate projects. Listen to the full interview: [Language Swiss] http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/trend/label-energie-stadt-der-neue-schweizer-export-renner
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 15, 2016
Jeannette Gurung, presented the W+ Standard and discussed the need for recognition for women’s critical for solutions of climate change, during the UNFCCC’s Solution Hour discussion on 15 Nov in Marrakesh, Morocco. The other panelists were Leslie Dodson of Women-Led Fog Harvesting, Joel Conkling of Project Sunroof, Magnus Borelius of Gothenburg Green Bonds and Supriya Prasannan ...
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November 14, 2016
The Green Climate Fund and other climate related funds are beginning to require reporting of gender impacts of their investments, while corporations and financial institutions are increasingly interested in addressing women’s empowerment needs and SDG targets. WOCAN organized the side event during UNFCCC’s COP22 on 17 November in Marrakesh to discuss how new standards are making it...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 15, 2016
This special event showcased how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide. The event is divided into two segments. The first is a high - level panel discussion that will explore how gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical when addressing climate change and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The second segment demonstrated on-the-ground...
In programs: The W+ Standard
October 20, 2016
Maria Lee, WOCAN Core Associate Europe, participated in the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Conference “Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda” in Stockholm on 19-20 October. The conference jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute brought together policy makers and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
September 29, 2016
TheMomentum for Changeinitiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. Today’s announcement is part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement....
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September 7, 2016
This article was originally published on Responsible Business and is republished with permission. ------------------ 1) What challenges drove you to become an advocate of women’s empowerment and especially focusing on agriculture? It was personal. As a student of forestry and environmental studies, I realized not only how few women were in those...
In programs: The W+ Standard
August 8, 2016
WOCAN and HIMAWANTI organized the W+ Benefit Sharing Planning meeting with women leaders from Sidhuli and Kavre District on 6 August in HIMWANTI’s Central office in Kathmandu. The women leaders represent the women's group who are the stakeholders of the Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas Stoves Project which is the pilot project to apply the W+ Standard's Time method and has...
In programs: The W+ Standard

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Dec
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Jeannette Gurung will be participating in the Global Landscapes Forum organized by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 5-6 Dec in Paris, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21. Priority issues to be addressed in the 2015 Forum include: Tracking support for the restoration of degraded lands worldwide while developing a better understanding of the role of landscapes...
Oct
21
Jeannette Gurung will be discussing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals at the Responsible Business Forum Webinar. When:Oct. 21st 2015, 2.30 - 3.30pm SGT Chair- Mark Ingram, Chief Executive Officer, Business for Millennium Development Speakers -David Kiu, VP Global Communications, Unilever Tim Bishop, Regional Private Sector Specialist, Asia Pacific, Care...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Oct
12
Vera P. Weill-Halle, WOCAN Board Chairperson, is one of the panelist for the CFS side event on“Climate-smart agriculture and gender – evidence for equitable, food secure and sustainable agriculture” on12 October from 12:30 to 14:00in the Iraq Room, Building A, 2nd floor at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Vera will be sharing some regional experiences on CSA and...
Nov
4
Jeannette Gurung will be joining the roundtable discussion on ‘Investing in women's economic resilience and social wellbeing : Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa’ organized by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), supported by Nestle. This is the third event in the series of six FPC discussions and its being held on 4 November in the UK House of Parliament....
Nov
2
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development which will be held in Singapore on 2 - 4 November 2015. The Forum’s agenda is aligned with two major global events; the UN COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris which aim to produce a global treaty on reducing emissions and slowing global warming and the United Nations launched post 2015...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Oct
16
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, is one of the panelists on the session titled “Drylands Women in the Face of Social Change and the Pursuit of Environmental Resilience” during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification COP12 being held in Anakara, Turkey from on 12-23 October. The objective of the session is to highlight women’s strategic role in building resilient...
Sep
7
WOCAN, the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), African Forum on Forest (AFF) is organizing a side event titled “Women leading forest management in the tropic: cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America” during the XIV World Forestry Congress on 7 September in Durban, South Africa.
Oct
7
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will be participating in the CSR Asia Summit 2015: Strategic Value Creation being held from 7-8 October, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The focus of this year’s summit is on sustainable business strategies which bring shared value to business, community and society. Businesses are interested in ways that they can leverage more value through CSR and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Aug
25
Jeannette will be on the panel 'Including all Voices: Gender and Safeguardsis' during the two-day regional symposium titled “Shared solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region” organized by the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) program on 25-26 August in Bangkok. The objective of the panel is to position gender in discussions on...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Jul
13
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend theThird International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) which will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant...

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The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and partner organizations documentedcases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences andperspectives. PCFS met with women from three differentcommunities and interviewed them on their perspectives, experiences andstruggles. PCFS also recorded how the women from these communities...
Women and girls in Mozambique are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a particularly powerful El Niño phenomenon, according to this CARE study. Up to 80 percent of the families are forced to reduce their meals to only one or two daily rations. Tens of thousands of children are expected to be acutely malnourished. The situation is...
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on its ability to invest and innovate. However, for companies to truly contribute, they must move beyond current forms of engagement, abandon a narrow focus on the SDGs as an opportunity to increase corporate profits and embrace their wider responsibilities to the societies...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This fact sheet developed by FAO presents an overview of current gender equalityand women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. Women’sengagement in fisheries can be viewed from social, political andtechnical perspectives, all of which show that the role of women is oftenunderestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions...
This literature review by USAID Feed the Future Initiative aims to fill the knowledge gap by examining approaches to empower women or increase their incomes in four phases of the value chain outside of production: input and service provision, post-harvest handling, processing, and the marketing of agricultural goods. While some of the women who are beneficiaries of the strategies discussed in...
The potential economic and development gains from gender equality are vast and well-documented and yet they are currently being bypassed. This joint report by BNY Mellon and the United Nations Foundation explores the market potential of advancing gender equality. The report highlights thatBridging the global gender gap will require leadership and investment by the public and private sectors...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, primarily because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. But women are also taking a leadership role in innovating and implementing climate change solutions. This video...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Drawing on surveys and interviews with experts and practitioners from the co-operative, labour and women’s movements, this report sets forth a preliminary review of the interface between the co-operative movement, women’s empowerment and gender equality. The findings suggest that various manifestations of gender equity have been achieved across the co-operative movement, and that the...
Towards gender equality in Vietnam: Making inclusive growth work for women is an ambitious effort to lookat Vietnam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statisticalpicture of selected economic sectors, the analysis highlights the unequal distribution of productive resourcesacross different groups of women and men, persisting gender...
WOCAN’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan intends to not only respond to changes and challenges, but to lead the way in offering new models and award-winning approaches to harness our new realities in service to our mission.Over the next five years, we will assess our highest impact programs and target those for organizational focus, establish them to be best in class, and create multiple entry...

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