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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
March 25, 2016
WOCAN staff and Board of Directors are developing a new Strategic Plan that is expected to be completed in July 2016. Based on experiences and lessons learned over the last 10 years of our existence, we have revised our Theory of Change (TOC). We welcome and encourage you, as members and partners,to send us your comments at info@wocan.org and/or indicate your 'like'. Our...
February 25, 2016
Sunitha Bishan, WOCAN Core Associate, was on the panel discussing, ‘Balancing Work-Life in a Raging Climate’ during the ASEAN Work-Life Balance conference held from 23-25 Feb in Malaysia. Sunitha reflected on her experience as a government delegate at the COP21 which was held in Dec 2015 in Paris. She also presented the W+ Standard as a social innovation to support women's...
March 3, 2016
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, discussed ‘Gender and SDGs’ at the National Consultation on “Taking the Sustainable Development and Climate Agenda Post 2015” held on 21 Feb in Pune, India. The objective of the consultation was to discuss what lies ahead for the climate and development agenda in 2016 and beyond. The Consultation explored how best to engage with the...
February 21, 2016
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar in preparation for the CSW 60th session: “Transformative financing for the achievement of the gender equality by 2030” held from 18 to 19 Feb in UNCC Bangkok. This inter-governmental Seminar was organized in ESCAP, in partnership with UNDP and UNWomen. The seminar started with the overview of...
January 28, 2016
The WOCAN Board meeting was held from 27-29 January in San Francisco, California, USA. The members of the WOCAN Board of Directors areKaren Frost, Lee West, Kanchan Lama, Mary Mbura Njenga, Kimberly Ann Easson, Chris Grieve, Candice Eggerss and Jeannette Gurung.
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...

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Jul
1
WOCAN will have a booth to share knowledge on Gender and Climate Change during theThe Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate ResilientOrganized by the Asian Institute of Technology in collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ASEAN Secretary General, and the European Union, the Forum seeks to propose...
Jun
8
Manuel Cocco, Principal, Strategy Development, South Pole Group will present the W+ Standard on “Session IV: Enhancing gender-responsiveness in mitigation action and technology development and transfer- challenges and opportunities” during the in-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer, held on 8-9...
May
7
Jeannette will be presenting the findings of the Joint Initiative among WOCAN, LEAF and UN-REDD on Gender and REDD+ at the Regional UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Exchange among Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and Leaders held on 7 – 8 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the joint initiative was to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion and...
Apr
23
WOCAN Board meeting will be held on 23-24 April 2015 in California, USA.
Mar
24
Jeannette will be attending the 9th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board in Songdo, Republic of Korea on 24-26 March 2015. The provisional agenda includes accreditation, proposal approval process and investment framework and cross-cutting matters such as the gender policy and action plan, Private Sector Facility and initial risk management framework. WOCAN is a accredited civil sociery...
Jan
29
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend thehigh level panel discussion on ‘Achieving Broader Access to Energy through Clean Cooking and Lighting– Challenges and Innovative Financing Modalities in the context of Nepal’ organized bySNV Netherlands Development Organization, Clean Energy Development Bank and Scott Wilson Nepal.Honorable Prof. Dr. Govinda...
Feb
16
Jeannette Gurung will attend the three day working session to review theRestoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)and to provide concrete suggestion. The event is organized by IUCN and being held from 16-18 February in Washington DC, USA.
Nov
25
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
20
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...
Nov
14
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....

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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...
This brief draws on ongoing research being carriedout by CIFOR on gender and oil palm in Indonesia, and oncollaboration between Oxfam and the RSPO Human RightsWorking Group and the RSPO smallholder working group,to evaluate and recommend actions for enhancing thegender responsiveness of the RSPO and its social auditingmechanism. The findings of this Oxfam-...
The FAO report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be done. What emerges is that “business as usual” is no longer an option but calls for major transformations in agricultural systems, in rural economies and in how we manage...
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and partner organizations documentedcases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences andperspectives. PCFS met with women from three differentcommunities and interviewed them on their perspectives, experiences andstruggles. PCFS also recorded how the women from these communities...
Women and girls in Mozambique are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a particularly powerful El Niño phenomenon, according to this CARE study. Up to 80 percent of the families are forced to reduce their meals to only one or two daily rations. Tens of thousands of children are expected to be acutely malnourished. The situation is...
Towards gender equality in Vietnam: Making inclusive growth work for women is an ambitious effort to lookat Vietnam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statisticalpicture of selected economic sectors, the analysis highlights the unequal distribution of productive resourcesacross different groups of women and men, persisting gender...
WOCAN’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan intends to not only respond to changes and challenges, but to lead the way in offering new models and award-winning approaches to harness our new realities in service to our mission.Over the next five years, we will assess our highest impact programs and target those for organizational focus, establish them to be best in class, and create multiple entry...
The evolving development landscape– with its emerging opportunities, vulnerabilitiesand shocks – makes it imperativefor Africa to accelerate the advancementof sustainable and equitable human development.This can be achieved by buildingeconomic, social and environmental resiliencefor women and men, enhancing their productivity,and...
Adapting to climate change is about reducing vulnerability to current and projected climate riskwhile vulnerability to climate change is determined in large part by people’s adaptive capacity.Climate hazards do not affect all people within a community or even the same household equallybecause some people have greater capacity than others to manage the crisis. The...
This research has gathered empirical evidence from urbansettings on the gender dimension of people’s vulnerabilitiesand capacities to face climate change. It revealed howclimate compatible interventions have (or have not) usedgender-sensitive approaches to implement their activitiesand what impacts such approaches had on developmentoutcomes in urban...

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