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.

December 16, 2015
WOCAN has received a grant from theAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to apply the W+ Standard to measure the impacts of two UNCDF (UN Capital Development Fund) investments under its SHIFT Programme for Financial Inclusion, and to provide evidence to encourage other private sector investments and policy reform to focus on women. These two projects will be...
In programs: The W+ Standard
December 17, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the first ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) meeting from 14-16 Dec, 2015 in Bali. The meeting was organized by Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand; Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture and ASEAN-German Program on Response to Climate Change in Agriculture...
January 6, 2016
WOCAN Celebrated the 10 year Anniversary with 10 reflections Watch Jeannette Gurung Reflect on the Establishment, Achievements and Evolution of WOCAN WOCAN Organized the COP21 Side Event on Gender and Climate Finance Jeannette Interviewed for...
December 8, 2015
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are pathways to achieving greater progress in better development outcomes, including reducing greenhouse gases and building resilience for climate change impacts. Climate finance is a critical element of the climate agreement, but which climate finance mechanisms exist that are ‘truly’ gender-responsive and inclusive for women in its...
December 11, 2015
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associates, Maria Lee, Annabelle Waititu,Wangu Muthia and Sunitha Bisan attended the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris. WOCAN organized a side event to discuss Gender and Climate Finance on Dec 7to share perspectives of investors on the benefits of investing in...
December 14, 2015
Excerpt from the article:"Are Women The Key To Solving Climate Change?" written by Lauren Zanolli forFastCompany. "’Adaptation’ is where everyone wants to put women," says Jeanette Gurung, Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). "At best women are associated with small-scale...
In programs: The W+ Standard
December 8, 2015
IUCN Global Gender Office launched a new publication: Roots for the Future: The Landscape and Way Forward on Gender and Climate Change, during the Gender Day at COP21, which featured the application of W+ Standard in Indonesia as one of the case studies of gender-responsive initiative. The publication is acompilation of the latest information and evidence on gender and climate...
In programs: The W+ Standard
December 8, 2015
By Jeannette Gurung, Published inOutreach- A multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development on Dec 8, Gender Day at COP21 Women’s agency and leadership play a critical and often unrecognised role in climate responses. This is reflected in their knowledge and practices in sustainable natural resources management, in responding to climate-related crises,...
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November 12, 2015
Jeannette Gurung was one of the speakers on 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 was the third event in the series of six FPC discussions and held on 4 November in the UK House of Parliament....
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 12, 2015
Vera Weill-Hallie, Chair of WOCAN Board, was one of the speakers at the 42nd Committee on World Food Security (CFS) side event titled Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Gender — Evidence for Equitable, Food Secure and Sustainable Agriculture. The event was organized by the World Bank, GGCA, IFAD and FAO and was held on 12 October in Rome. The discussion focused on the lessons learned from...

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To support its goal of women’s leadership development, WOCAN provides leadership training to project partners, members and clients. WOCAN’s course, Reframing Leadership for Women and Men for Gender Equality, builds the capacities of leaders working at different levels ranging from rural cooperatives/producer groups to agricultural and natural resources institutions, national...
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We are pleased to announce the release of WOCAN's W+ Standard Version 1.1 and requirements for the First Public Consultation, beginning December 2, 2014. To accelerate women’s empowerment, WOCAN has created the W+ Standard to measure positive impacts to women’s social and economic empowerment and provides companies, governments and individuals a way to...
In programs: The W+ Standard
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Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, and Phanlany Khampoui, WOCAN Core Associate, is conducting the M&E in Lao PDR for the Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Famer Producer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Region Project on 1-11 Dec. They will meet with Mrs. Vilayphone Vorlaphim, Deputy Director General of the Permanent Secretary’ s Office, Ms. Sisomphet Souvanthalisith...
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Jeannette Gurung will attend the regional launch of the USAIDOnline Sourcebook for Integrating Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Projects, on 2 Dec in Bangkok, Thailand.USAID is launching this online sourcebook to help ensure that gender considerations and women’s empowerment are incorporated into large-scale climate change adaptation projects. Using the sourcebook can...
Nov
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Linda Mossop, WOCAN South Africa Coordinator, is organizing the WLCAN (Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM) on 25th November in Pretorial, South Africa.
Nov
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Meena Bilgi, Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will attend the Side Event of theAsia Pacific Regional Conference Beijing +20 titled "Challenges and opportunities towards rural women’s empowerment: agrarian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculture and food systems". The event is organized by UNWomen and FAO and being held in...
Oct
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Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator of WOCAN, will be discussing the W+ Standard on the Session facilitated by UNWomen on "Gender Sensitive Adapatation", during the4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forumon 1-3 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Adaptation Forum 2014 will focus on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Nov
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Jeannette will be speaking on the session titled “Untapped potential for monetizing and measuring impacts for sustainable development projects” during theInnovative Finance for Sustainable Development Conference(#IFSD),hosted by Nexus Carbon for Development and The Gold Standard on 11-12 Nov at the National Library in Singapore. This conference will be key in pushing...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Nov
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On 14-16 November, 2014, Asia Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs) will gather in Bangkok, Thailand to develop a collective strategy on the priority issues for the Asia Pacific region on the Beijing +20 review processes. You can apply to attend and to have a workshop at the forum via theonline application formor download the form and send it toapplication.csoforumb20@gmail....
Oct
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Jeannette will attend theregional workshop on the UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 strategic framework on 13- 14 Octoberbeing held in Bangkok, Thailand.The workshops are organized jointly by the Secretariat and the regional UN-REDD country office teams, with lead support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The aim of the workshop is to conduct robust...

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Abstract: Evidence is growing that farm and forest producer organizations are at the heart of sustainable rural development, because it is only through organized groups that locally-controlled forestry can be scaled up to meet growing global demand for forest products, including environmental services and non-timber items. Forest and farm producer organizations can have a unique role in...
The goal of the CIF Gender Action Plan - Phase 1 was to mainstream gender in CIF policy andprogramming in support of gender equality in climate-resilient, low carbon developmentinvestments in CIF countries. Phase 2 is envisioned as a deepening of the approach undertaken in Phase1, moving from ‘mainstreaming’ alone, to a focus on policy, technical support, evaluation...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This is a technical paper by the UNFCCC secretariat. "Drawing on relevant web-based resources, this technical paper aims to provide anoverview of existing methodologies and tools for the integration of gender considerationsinto climate change related activities under the Convention. The paper assesses selectedtools and guidelines in terms of their methodology,...
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To improve access to land and resources for women farmers in Uttar Pradesh (UP),one of its focus states, Oxfam India conducted a study along withGorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) in 2006.The studyaimed to understand whether government schemes actuallyreached and benefitted women farmers. The study showed only6 per cent women owned land, 2 per cent had...
This article on the milestones achieved by women in the fisheries in Asia- Pacific is based on existing material and contributions. The milestones are just a start andare somewhat biased towards research andgovernment agency actions, and containless than we would like on grassroots action.Part of the lack of grassroots coverage is dueto the lack of public visibility...
The aim of this brief is to explain how to take into account the gender gap in agriculture in the development of site-specific CSA-sensitive practices, such as those described in other briefs in this series, through the adoption of a gender-responsive approach.This approach means that the particular needs, priorities, and realities of men and women need to be recognized and...
This report found that women in Asian countries are disproportionately concentrated in the lowest-paid jobs and informal work, lack access to benefits, and shoulder roughly 2.5 times the amount of unpaid domestic and care work as men. The report argues that efforts to address the deep, structural gender inequalities that lead to discrimination and violence against women — whose roles are...
Rapidly falling renewable technology costs and new business models mean thatdecentralized energy solutions hold great promise to accelerate universal sustainable energy access.Across developing countries, women are typically the primary household energy managers. Close totheir customers, women entrepreneurs have the potential to lower customer acquisition and servicing...
In this General Recommendation (GR), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)clarifies State obligations to ensure the rights of rural women, with a focus on article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“the Convention”) which recognizes the unique situation of rural women and highlights specific...
This report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) consolidatesexisting academic and policyresearch around climate resilience, water security, andgender (see Box 1), and presents new evidence fromMalawi and Ethiopia. Researchers used primary and secondaryevidence to explain how women and men in rural areasare differently affected by water insecurity....

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