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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 COP18 in Doha. It is open to observer organizations. Please download the attached Draft gender decision decision proposed by the EU for more info
November 27, 2012
The draft decision Promoting gender equality through improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation of Parties in bodies established pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol (see attached) will be tabled under AOB of the COP plenary this Wednesday morning 28th November 2012. Please help to support this...
November 27, 2012
Nov 27th edition of Outreach focuses on the relationship between gender and climate change.Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.Articles emphasize the need for enhanced female participation in the UNFCCC and gendered mitigation policies, and allude to what women want from Doha....
November 27, 2012
The UNFCCC secretariat is organising Gender Day at the Conference of the Parties (COP18) in Doha on November 27, 2012. Part of the Gender Day is a 3 hours event, collaboratively organised by the Women and Gender Constituency and some of its members (namely GenderCC, LIFE, WEDO) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance. The event "Gender and Climate Innovation: Breakthrough changes for...
November 26, 2012
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and International Women’s Rights Action Watch -- Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) are currently coordinating a thematic briefing with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, to discuss ‘Land and Property Rights of Rural Women.’ The thematic briefing will be held...
October 26, 2012
On 15-19 October 2012, ICIMOD organized the Bhutan+10, an international conference on ‘Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World’, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) and the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWS), Bhutan. Jeannette and Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Nepal coordinator, participated...
October 28, 2012
At its 39th Session held in Rome from 15-20 October, the CFS reiterated its role in promoting greater policy convergence and coordination with regards to food security, and recognized that the adverse effects of climate change can pose serious threats to food security especially to small scale producers’ lives and livelihoods, and to the progressive realization of the right to food in the...
October 5, 2012
WOCAN contributed to the lobby document prepared by the CSOs in response to High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) study on food security and climate change. This study is going to be presented at the 39th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 15-20 October. The CSOs felt that the report did not address some of the major issues or were not emphasized enough in the document....
September 28, 2012
Asia Regional Dialogue on green economy approaches in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 27-28 September 2012. The objective of this Dialogue was to offer Member States from the Asia region a space for sharing more detailed experiences on how to plan and implement inclusive, integrated green economy approaches as a means for poverty...
September 17, 2012
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN member, contributed to the online discussion organized by FAO on “Making agriculture work for nutrition: Prioritizing country-level action, research and support” facilitated by Anna Herforth and Cristina Lopriore. Kanchan highlighted the top 5 things that should be done inorder to maximize the impact of agricultural investment programs are:...

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WOCAN organized a side event in Rio+20 Conference entitled “Women’s Leadership in A Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contribution”. Five speakers delivered presentations on the case studies from Asia and Africa highlighting the importance of women’s leadership in green economy initiatives.
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Indeed, a holistic approach on how to feed the astronomical increase in global population is very important. We commend FAO, as pointed out by COAG during this session, its action plan for national, regional and global level for studies and assessments of natural resources for food and agriculture. While it is recognized that change as regards food production and...
At this crucial time of institutional reform and resource allocation, the agriculture sector must afford women producers recognition and value as primary food producers and environmental managers. The Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture is an example of such collective action.

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