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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:...
September 13, 2012
3rd Women Leadership Circle (WLC) meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal was held on 7 September, 2012. This meeting was jointly organized with, the Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI). Findings of the 3 local level consultations conducted by WOCAN and HCI on gender issues in climate change were shared and the film “Weathering Change” was also screened. There were 40 participants ranging from...
September 12, 2012
Abidah Setyowati of WOCAN was one of the panelists in REDD+ Hot Gender Debate held on Sept 7th, 2012, during the World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, the Republic of Korea. The event was opened by Minister of Gender and Development of Liberia and IUCN representative. Other panelists include representatives from Uganda, Malawi, UNREDD and indigenous women leader from Latin America. During...
September 7, 2012
WOCAN, as a member of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), contributed to the contents of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on climate change on food security and nutrition. The report was submitted to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on 16 July 2012. Specifically, WOCAN emphasized the need for women in small scale production, starting from the community level, to always...
August 24, 2012
WOCAN has been selected by UNEP to conduct activities to develop a guidance note to integrate gender into REDD+ social safeguards in Indonesia. The study will be led by WOCAN’s Core Associate, Abidah Billah Setyowati, in collaboration with one other consultant with expertise in gender and REDD+ in Indonesia. It will be under the supervision of WOCAN Executive Director, Jeannette Gurung, PhD...
August 23, 2012
Comments are invited on 'Revised Draft Guidelines for the use of REDD+SES at country level' from 20th August until 19th September 2012. For more infohttp://www.redd-standards.org/
August 17, 2012
The Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change co-organized by Viet Nam and the Netherlands, in close collaboration with other partners, including FAO and the World Bank will look at strategies and practices that can take this comprehensive approach. The conference will be held on 3-7 September in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference will allow global leaders,...
August 16, 2012
WEDO seeks to recruit and appoint regional/national gender and climate advocacy focal points. Technical expertise (e.g. on sustainable development programming, gender criteria and indicators, gender responsive budgeting, climate change adaptation and mitigation, technology, sustainable energy, UN processes) is strongly preferred, as well as a willingness and capacity to develop joint...
August 15, 2012
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) seeks to identify four Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Representatives to its Policy Board. Three positions are open to one CSO from each of the Programme’s three regions (Africa, Asia‐Pacific, and Latin America-Caribbean) and one position is open to a...

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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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