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.

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...
July 24, 2017
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board of Member, responded to the online discussion, led by FAO with IFAD, UNWomen and WFP. The main objective of this online discussion is to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. Kanchan emphasized the need to support women farmers’ association, help them manage federations; provide...
July 26, 2017
Jeannette spoke at the Asian Development Bank Regional Seminar on Gender Equality in Climate Change and Disasters Management: Weathering an Uncertain Future, to share WOCAN’s experiences in a session on Perspectives from Global/Regional Alliance, Research and Advocacy Organisations on Gender and Climate Change. She also delivered a training session on the W+ Standard to 20 seminar...
June 22, 2017
The second public comment period for The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open. Here is the document:W+ Standard Draft for 2nd Public Comment Public comment will be accepted on the draft revised W+ Standard Version 1.3 untilMonday, 24 July 2017. Comments and questions should be sent to:Coordinator@wplus.org The draftW+ Standard reflecting input from the...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May 30, 2017
Jeannette Gurung, presented the key findings and recommendation from the assessment of the gender integration in the REDD+ and Emission Reduction Program in Nepal, during the workshop on 30 May in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Sindhu P Dhungana, Director of REDD IC, who gave the welcome remarks. Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Expert at World Bank Group and Dr Pem narayan...
May 23, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the session on “Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains” during the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, convened by SEEP on 23 May in Bangkok. Jeannette presented that the W+ Standard can incentivize agribusinesses to change practices, to contribute to upgrading...
May 16, 2017
Nisha Onta, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Knowledge Management Coordinator, presented WOCAN’s courses and the W+ Standard at the Third Meeting of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) on 16 May 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. WOCAN was invited to provide support to integrate gender in the ASEAN CRN activities. The event brought together focal points of the ASEAN Technical...

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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...
Jun
28
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 13th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board being help from 28-30 June at GCF Headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. WOCAN is one of the GCF CSO Observers. Constituency meetings, as well as meetings of Board committees, panels and groups are planned on Sunday 26 June 2016, and Informal Consultations by Co-Chairs with Board members, alternate...
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Sep
4
WOCAN will participate in the “Enhancing Gender Equality in Global Environmental Financing” workshop organized by the IUCN GEF Unit, which is being held during the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 4 Sept in Hawaii. This workshop will focus on financing for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (including CBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC), showcasing experiences and best practices on gender...
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The World Bank report reviews a vast body of literature to present a "thinking device" that visualizes water as an asset, a service, and a "space." It shows water as an arena where gender relations play out in ways that often mirror inequalities between the sexes. And it examines norms and practices related to water that often exacerbate ingrained gender and other hierarchies...
This manual addresses the GCF’s potential to mainstream genderinto climate finance, building on its mandate to support a paradigmshift to low-emission and climate-resilient development.The manual is intended for use by climate change project proponents from governments, international and national direct access entities, and civil society organizations. It reviews the GCF...
This Action Piece outlines the key ingredients needed to support gender equality and inclusion in water resourcesmanagement and sectoral water uses (including WASH), and provides recommendations on how to draw on these keyingredients. It is based on a literature review, interviews with 14 global experts, and a high-level workshop with 25experts in the water management sector....
In the attempt to explicate the nuances on theinterlinkages between climate change and women’shealth, this brief aims to present the limited scientificinformation available as well as information fromARROW’s partners on how women’s health is affectedby climate change. It also focuses on the right to health,particularly for women and girls in...
The Center for Economic and Social rights and UNWomen paper focuses mainly on mechanisms and venues that have the greatestpotential to strengthen the responsibility and answerability of policy makers andwhere their actions and decisions can be assessed against women’s rights andgender equality standards, and on mechanisms which can bolster accountabilityto the SDGs...
The toolkit is a result of widespread stakeholder consultation processes conducted by FARAand its partners, and aims to spearhead and advise on gender mainstreaming into businessincubations processes under the UniBRAI program. It provides support to incubationprogrammes, incubator managers and incubates who wish to promote inclusive businesses,and motivates intended users...
The study identified three main external drivers of the more innovative and transformative gender agendas: the project context; the commitment from the donor to addressing gender issues in agribusiness and value chain development, underpinned by technical support; and accreditation for fair trade and decent work. The main internal drivers include: the presence of a gender strategy linked to...
This is the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development's review of the SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This reviewprovides brief analyses of trend data for SDG 5 targets and status updates. It also identifieschallenges for implementation at the national level and opportunities for implementation. The review provides recommendations...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This brief, produced by the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) and the DAC WorkingParty on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT ), provides an overview of official developmentassistance (ODA) going to women’s economic empowerment. It identifies key trends, financing gaps andpriority areas for improving donor support in this area. KEY FINDINGS Aid...
Poverty targeting, gender equality and empowerment are cornerstones of IFAD’s work to reducerural poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. This puts people – rural women, men, youth andindigenous peoples – at the center of IFAD’s development projects and policy engagement. Thisunique approach aims to support the development of inclusive, equitable,...

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