The Policy Advocacy Program is based on analysis of persistent gaps in policy and practice, and the identification of creative practices and successful innovations to overcome inequitable gender relations that create barriers for women. A team of member advocacy experts lead WOCAN's engagement in key global, regional and national processes. They share and disseminate implementation strategies and recommendations that fully integrate women into agricultural development and natural resource management processes. This team is linked with to the Secretariat and Regional Offices, and will directly engage with the Women's Leadership Circles for Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) to train and coach women leaders of producer groups/associations and organizations to strengthen their capabilities to advocate within their organizations and in national/regional/global forums.

Women’s Leadership Circles for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WLCAN)

WLCAN is a national level platform to develop women’s leadership, promote regular dialogue between women policy makers/professionals and women farmers/leaders/ entrepreneurs, and to create new spaces for women farmer’s voices to be heard at policy levels. There are regular WLCAN meetings organized in Nepal, South Africa and Kenya, and WOCAN members of Maldives are also planning to organize WLCAN meetings. For more information please check the prezi below and/or download the Guidelines of WLCAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
April 24, 2017
A team of WOCAN, REDD Implementation Center and HIMAWANTI staff conducted Focus Group Discussions in 6 Terai Districts (Nawalparasi, Bara, Bardiya, Kailali, Dang and Kapilvastu) and 1 Hill District (Dolakha) in Nepal. The FGD is part of the gender assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Emission Reduction (ER) programs. This analysis will include examining the...
January 28, 2017
WOCAN and REDD+ IC (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Implementation Centre) organized the inception meeting on 23 January in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were a total of 31 participants (21 women and 10 men) representing Forestry and REDD related Government Ministries and Departments, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society. The objective of the meeting was to share the background of...
January 2, 2017
Looking back at 2016 brings a sense of pride and accomplishment for all that WOCAN has achieved over the years. It was a year of recognition for these years of effort, as we were selected to receive the Momentum for Change Women for Results award of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This award was given for the development of the W+ Standard and its application to a renewable energy...
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...
August 5, 2016
WOCAN hosted the Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) meeting on 4 August in Bangkok. WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (with men warmly welcomed). The 12 participants (11 women and 1 man) represented UN...
March 9, 2016
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, WOCAN hosted the Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) meeting on 8 March in Bangkok. WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (with men warmly welcomed). The 15...
March 28, 2016
WOCAN's Headquarters is relocating back to the US, to San Francisco as of May 1; we will maintain the office in Bangkok for regional coordination in Asia. Look for news of new partnerships and alliances to come from our establishment in the city of innovation, San Francisco.

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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...
Apr
25
Abidah Setyowati, WOCAN Core Associate, will be discussing “Empowering Women in Agriculture” during the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2016 on 26 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability across key commodity value chains. Global leaders will gather...
Dec
7
Gender and Climate Finance COP21 side event Monday, December 7th, 10:00-11:30, IUCN Pavilion- Blue Zone 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...
Dec
8
From Global Commitments to Local Action:National Approaches to Mitigating Climate Changeand Advancing Gender Equality A high-level UNFCCC COP21 side event On the occasion of Gender Day Tuesday, December 8th 16:45-18:15 Blue Zone; Room OR 01 Paris, France Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government of Liberiain collaboration with the...
Dec
4
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate, Maria Lee will be attending the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris from 4-11 Dec. Jeannette will be on the panel of various side events highlighting the W+ Standard as a mechanism that can be applied by projects to measure the results related to women’s...
Dec
5
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
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....
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...
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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This is the second report of the UNHigh-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and stresses that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid. The Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. Some...
Oxfam asserts that effective economic empowerment for women occurs when womenenjoy their rights to control and benefit from resources, assets, income and their owntime, and when they have the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status andwellbeing. However, for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) to translate into meaningfulempowerment, women must also...
This UNDP policy brief argues that the agency of ruralfemale farmers is essential for enhancing agricultural productivity and realizing theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ensuring food security (SDG 2)and addressing the perils of climate change (SDG 13). Despite significant strides inaddressing gender inequalities over the years, rural women are still among...
This guide is developedto support Oxfam country programmes as they redouble efforts to tackle the severe inequalitiesthat are holding back progress in developing countries. This guide was built in response torequests from staff in the Horn of East and Central Africa Region (HECA) who wanted to have astronger and shared understanding of the most important drivers of...
This paper argues that closing the gender gap in land and other productive resources canprovide a “triple dividend” of gender equality, food security and climate management, therebyoffering a cost-effective approach to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper proposes a three-step methodology to assist policy-makers indeveloping countries in...
This BSR(Business for Social Responsibility) Guidance was developed to address this weakness in codes of conduct by offering a gender-sensitive analysis of codes of conduct principles—with a primary focus on women—and making recommendations on how companies can strengthen their clauses to promote gender equality in the workplace, with a specific focus on developing and emerging...
This UNWomen report presents the findings of Gender, ClimateChange and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) research inAsia. The objective of the report is to presentthe current literature and findings from primary datacollection on the gendered dimensions of climate change anddisasters; andtoanalyzeexisting efforts to addressgender equality in...
This guide is a product of the Transparency InternationalWomen, Land and Corruption in Africa projectimplemented by our chapters in Ghana, Uganda andZimbabwe between 2014 and 2016. The project hasenhanced the national and international research andadvocacy by showing how land corruption impactswomen’s land rights and communities’ food security. This...
This report explores evidence of how the Community-driven development (CDD) approach can create and enhanceparticipation and decision making when women, as well as men, are to be included inthe “community” voice and choice. It reviews the theoretical and empirical literatureand analyzes World Bank–supported CDD projects. Its intent is to help practitioners...
This paper demonstrates the relevance of gender inresponses to climate change in the mountainous province ofYunnan in southwest China. Based on surveys undertakenduring a record-breaking drought, the paper explores howwomen and men in a village in Baoshan Prefecture differ intheir perceptions of and responses to drought, and how thechanging roles of women and...

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