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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2013
Maris Gavino,WOCAN Liaison Officer in Rome,represented WOCAN in the High Level Consultationon Food and Nutrition Security, organized by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, 29 January – 1 February. The Consultation aims to integrate nutrition into the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security....
January 28, 2013
Lamia El-Fattal Masadiah, WOCAN Liaison Officer in Washington DC, attended the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) Steering Committee meeting on 23-24 January, 2013 at UNDP Headquarters in New York. The meeting focused mainly on elaborating the GGCA vision and action plan for the coming 3-5 years in the following areas: • Advocacy and policy • ...
January 2, 2013
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Core Associate, participated at the two day workshop organized by Agricord, Asiadhrra/CSA and Asian Farmers Association to share the lessons learned from “Supporting Inclusive Planning of Country Projects” financed by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program(GAFSP) on 9-11 Nov 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The objective of the project is to support...
December 14, 2012
WOCAN will be working with FAO in 2013 to organize a workshop on “Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture in ASEAN”. This is a key activity for FAO’s program of support for the ASEAN regional Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC). Potential partners for the program are: the CGIAR, the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to...
December 11, 2012
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, attended the FAO Council’s 145th session on 3-7 December 2012 in Rome. The Council is the governing body of FAO, composed of 49 elected member countries having a term of 3 years. The highlights of the session were on i) report of the 39th Committee on World Food Security; ii) Strategy for Partnership with Civil Society; and iii) the theme chosen for 2013 FAO...
November 9, 2012
WOCAN was selected to be one of the few invited Civil Society Observer (CSO) for Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Partnership Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey from Nov 4-7, 2012. One Nov 4, Nisha Onta attended the eventCivil Society Forum,organized by the CSOs. The Forum opened with the keynote speaker, Myrna Cunningham Kain from Centre for the Indigenous Peoples Autonomy (Nicaragua) addressing...
November 9, 2012
On November 5th, Jeannette Gurung and Nisha Onta, participated the Private Sector Forum at the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), partnership forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum was organized in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). The Forum, which met for the first time, is expected to contribute to the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, which meets on 6-7 November....
November 9, 2012
On November 6, Jeannette spoke at the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Gender Panel on “Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance.” This event was part of the CIF Partnership Forum held in Istanbul Turkey from Oct 31-Nov 8, 2012.Lucy Wanjiru, Program Specialist, Gender and Environment, UN Development Programme (UNDP); moderated the panel, which brought together the following...
December 2, 2012
Monday Dec 3rd 13:30 – 14:30 - Informal ‘Brownbag Lunch’ Dialogue at COP18 - Diversity and Inclusivity in Decision-Making: Changing the Face of Representation at the UNFCCC Location: EAST FOOD COURT (From main meeting area, walk towards the Spider and make a left) Host: WEDO, Bridget Burns – bridget@wedo.org Grab your lunch and join us for what...
November 30, 2012
The co-chairs of SBI agenda item 21 (other matters*) are holding an open-ended consultations today Friday 30 November from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the COP18 in Doha. It is open to observer organizations. Please download the attached the draft gender decision proposed by the EU for more info.

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Vera P. Weill-Halle, Chairperson of the WOCAN Board, attended UNFCCC COP 18 conference in Doha, Qatar Nov 26-Dec 7, 2012. Vera reports on the various Gender focused events and also on Forest and Agriculture day.
UN-REDD’s newsletter discusses the lessons learnt in the Asia Pacific region. These lessons are specific to the key elements of the REDD+ framework to be captured by a National REDD+ Strategy, such as Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems, a Benefit Distribution System (BDS), and an effective system of safeguards. Link to view and Download.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - or Rio+20 - took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June 2012. It resulted in a focused political outcome document - the Future We Want - which contains clear and practical measures for implementing sustainable development.
This new reports looks in depth at women’s participation in the UNFCCC over the last 5 years, graphically portraying data on the overall percentage of women on national delegations, as Heads of Delegations and on UNFCCC boards and bodies. The report also looks at participation by region, country, and negotiating blocks. You can view and download the report here: http://issuu.com...
This is a video interview of Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights at the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP18 in Doha . Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice. "I believe that this is the biggest human rights issue of the 21st century, and I believe that it’s a way of addressing issues of...
Jeannette, Executive Director of WOCAN, discussing Climate Change Mitigation and Gender at the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov 6, 2012. Addressing the question of why gender rarely comes up in discussions of climate change mitigation, Jeannette stated that when women are identified as a vulnerable group, they are framed...
This edition of Outreach focuses on the relationship between gender and climate change. Articles emphasise the need for enhanced female participation in the UNFCCC and gendered mitigation policies, and allude to what women want from Doha. We also hear about the female face of youth climate activism in the Middle East, how health intersects with gender within the context of adaptation, and the...
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison for Rome, presented this statement at a side event entitled “Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women” on 15 October 2012, organized by Un Women, FAO, IFAD, WFP at the 39th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Rome.

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