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.

February 28, 2012
Gender disparities affect the CRPs' impact on rural poverty reduction and the improvement of sustainable resource management, food security, nutrition and health. The Network will work with the 15 CRPs, to address shared gender research issues, and investigate common entry points where an understanding of the role of women in the management of new technologies and natural resources is...
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Based on examples from a range of countries, this book aims to share knowledge and experience of work with men on gender equality in programmes run by Oxfam GB and other development organisations.
UNIFEM Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women, provides examples of how women are demanding accountability for action on commitments to promote gender equality and women's rights from national governments, justice and law enforcement systems, employers and service providers, as well as international institutions. Accountability from a women's rights perspective...
A study of the US Forest Service in the 1970s demonstrated that female foresters were more likely than males to enter the profession because of their concern for the environment. However, once employed, they found they were ill prepared to change the dominant culture of this traditional organization without mentors and skills in organizational change.
In agriculture and natural resource management, fields of study such as forestry, energy, and water management are often male-dominated and entry as a young woman can be difficult. The young woman’s experience in the field is not unique but it does come from a perspective that will change over time. Establishing a forum for the voices of young women professionals is, therefore, essential to...
With the goal of providing a vision for how all nine Major Groups can collaborate in an effective civil society process with common reference points, this document, “Guidelines for Enhancing Major Groups Participation at UNEP’s Governance Level,” is the first contribution to this process.
It was proposed that these recommendations should constitute an essential component of policy and management strategies. A reformed FAO, in a strengthened Committee on Food Security will be held accountable by women in agriculture.
At this crucial time of institutional reform and resource allocation, the agriculture sector must afford women producers recognition and value as primary food producers and environmental managers. The Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture is an example of such collective action.
A group of 40 women representing 26 organizations from 17 countries from five regions of the world organized themselves in a women’s caucus at the margins of the Civil Society Forum, a parallel Forum of the World Summit on Food Security. WOCAN, together with International Alliance of Women facilitated the participation of this group during the Civil Society Forum.
The UNEP Gender Forum was held on 15 February 2009 in Nairobi, as a pre-session event to the UNEP Twenty-fifth session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (Nairobi, 16–20 February 2009). The report is also available in French and Spanish on the following website: http://www.unep.org/GC/GC25/nwmle.asp
Special Session of the third global meeting of The Farmers’ Forum in conjunction with the Thirty-third Session of IFAD’s Governing Council. IFAD Headquarters, Rome 12-13 February 2010.

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