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 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...
November 26, 2015
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN WOMEN’S LIVES IN NEPAL What would you do with an extra 2.2 hours a day? When women in villagesof Nepal replaced their wood-generated stoves with biogas digesters,they reduced their daily workload by 2.2 hours.This iswhat theW+ Standard, created byWOCAN* (a global women-led membership organization dedicated to women's empowerment...
October 9, 2015
Jeannette Gurung, and WOCAN Board Members Lee West and Candice Eggerss, attended the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) from 6-9 Oct. in San Francisco. SOCAP is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.During the "Gender Lens Champions" breakfast session, Jackie VanderBrug of Criterion Institute, mentioned the W+ Standard as one of the...
In programs: The W+ Standard
October 29, 2015
We collected 10 reflections to celebrate the 10 years of WOCAN’s efforts to integrate gender into agriculture and natural resource management institutions, empower women and promote gender equality, and look forward to new and exciting opportunities in the next decade. Watch the highlights of the reflections: Check out all the reflection:10 reflections...
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October 16, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Climate Policy and Action to discuss the current status, identify good practices and practical approaches to the implementation of gender-related mandates and decisions in UNFCCC processes and mechanisms. The meeting was organized by theUN-Women, UN DESA and the UNFCCC secretariat from 14 - 16 Oct., in Bonn, Germany....
October 12, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, and Sunitha Bisan, WOCAN Core Associate, presented the W+ Standard at the NGO marketplace during the CSR Asia Summit on 7-8 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Summit focused on sustainable business strategies which bring value to businesses, communities and society. 429 delegates from across 28 countries attended the Summit representing businesses...
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November 4, 2015
Jeannette Gurung was one of the panelists discussing strategies to end poverty in all its forms and achieving gender equality, at the Responsible Business Forum on 4 November in Singapore. Jeannette emphasized that the SDG Goal 5 on women’s empowerment and gender equality is a great opportunity to change the narrative from women as vulnerable groups to agents of change. She...
In programs: The W+ Standard
October 30, 2015
WOCAN members, Core Associates, donors and partners attended the WARM meeting to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of WOCAN on 29 Oct in Bangkok. Jeannette presented the highlights from the five year report and her ideas for WOCAN’s future direction.. Kalpana Giri, WOCAN Core Associate, reflected on how being involved with WOCAN influenced her career and empowered her. Haddy Sey,...
In programs: The W+ Standard
January 4, 2016
This W+ pilot project, "Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas in Nepal", measured the time saved for 7200 rural Nepalese women who replaced their wood generated stoves with those generated by biogas, relieving them of the need to collect fuel wood from the forest and saved 2.2 hours per day. Watch the video below for more info: For more detail info...
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Jun
21
Nisha Onta, WOCAN Knowledge Mangement Coordinator will be attending theThe Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2014 Partnership Forum on 23 -24 June in Jamaica. The Forum is co-hosted with the Inter-American Development Bank, will bring together stakeholders from across the CIF community to learn and share lessons emerging from the CIF on how to foster partnerships and attract investment to...
Jun
16
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Coordinator, is facilitating one of the four themes titled, “Tenure, Governance & Policy”, at the Sixth National Community Forestry Workshop - "Community Forestry for Sustainable Development and Prosperity" organized by Department of Forests, Community Forestry Division, MoFSC from 16-18 June in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme includes sessions on...
Jun
10
IFAD's Gender Desk and Environment and Climate Division (ECD) is hosting a talk with Dr Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) and Annina Lubbock to discusse the W+ Standard and the relevance and opportunities for IFAD.
In programs: The W+ Standard
May
14
A new World Bank report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These constraints are not only fundamentally unjust but...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May
15
On 15-17 May, Maria Lee, WOCAN Program Coordinator, will attend the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the forum are: Inform and capacitate civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and onthe opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes; Dialogue...
May
12
On 12 May, Jeannette will be speaking about WOCAN and the W+ Standard at a talk program organized by World Bank's Gender and Rural Development Thematic Group (GENRD)in Washington, DC, USA.The session is chaired by Eija Pehu,Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank and W+ Advisory Council Member. The discussants are Klas Sander, Senior Environmental Economist...
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May
19
On 19-23 May, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liason, will participatein the negotiations of the Draft 1 CFS Principles for Responsbile Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) in FAO, Rome.The principles that will be agreed on will be presented for adoption during the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2014.
May
13
On 13-15 May, Jeannette will be one of the discussant at the session on "Filling the Gaps- Early efforts to address the gender gap in REDD+ programming" during the Gender & REDD+ Technical Workshop in Washington, DC, organized by IUCN, USAID and in collaboration withWEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SES. The session is moderated byAndre Mershon (USAID), and the other...
Apr
27
On 28-29 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, will participate in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) discussions on the Civil Society Maximum Document that will be part of the process of developing the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The CSM will take place preceding the CFS Open Ended Working Group meeting on RAI...
Jun
9
On 9-10 July, Jeannette will be attending thePolicy Advisory Committee of the FAO Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture" in Rome, Italy.The role of the members of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is to advise the project on identifying innovative policy-relevant issues, allowing for a supportive and enabling policy framework for ecosystem services...

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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...
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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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