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 29, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator attend the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2015: “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific” held on 21-22 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was convened by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)...
May 29, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, attended the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific as one of the observers in 19-20 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The forum was organized by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and it was attended by over 180 participants, including 137 high-level representatives of delegations from 33 countries. The meeting included sessions on: the post-...
May 26, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator attended the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development held on 16-18 May in Bangkok, Thailand. This forum was convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific...
March 10, 2015
Kanchan Lama (WOCAN Board Member), Cecile Njebet (Executive Director of REFACOF and WOCAN Core Associates), Abidah Setyowati (WOCAN Core Associate) and Gertrud Kenyangi (Director of SWAGEN and WOCAN Member) participated in the “Sustainable Forest Management: Designing the Vehicles for Securing the Means of Implementation” workshop organized from 2-5 March in Kathmandu, Nepal. In...
December 15, 2014
“Time to Stop Calling and Start Doing. Leaders, You Have 12 Months to get it Right.” [Lima, Peru;Sunday, 14 December]As COP20 comes to a close, the members of theUNFCCC’s Women and Gender Constituency,representing hundreds of thousands of women and men from around the world, respond to the failure of the Lima outcome to reflect the urgency of the...
December 10, 2014
Measuring, reporting and verification for women’s empowerment: The W+ Standard Nisha Onta, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) On Wednesday 3 December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Standing Committee on Finance presented a landmark assessment which highlighted that hundreds of billions of dollars of climate...
December 8, 2014
The programme of Gender Day at the COP20/CMP 10 that will be held on December 9 is now available.
November 17, 2014
WOCAN organized the workshop on Women and Environment: Policy to Action at the Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Beijing + 20 on 15 November in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop focused on Beijing+20 critical area on women and environment and discussed progress and the gaps in addressing the fundamental issue of women and environment. The workshop was attended by 41 women and men from a range of civil...
November 18, 2014
Governments at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review finalized discussing the draft ministerial outcomes document that will be approved at the end of the conference by member states of the Asia-Pacific region. State delegations discussed, improved, changed, and approved language in the document related to the 12 critical areas of...
October 8, 2014
WOCAN shared the latest publications and programs at the marketplace booth during the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, held 1-3 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Over 600 climate change adaptation scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, businesses and donors from more than 30 nations in the Asia and the Pacific region attended the...

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May
13
On 13-15 May, Jeannette will be one of the discussant at the session on "Filling the Gaps- Early efforts to address the gender gap in REDD+ programming" during the Gender & REDD+ Technical Workshop in Washington, DC, organized by IUCN, USAID and in collaboration withWEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SES. The session is moderated byAndre Mershon (USAID), and the other...
Apr
27
On 28-29 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, will participate in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) discussions on the Civil Society Maximum Document that will be part of the process of developing the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The CSM will take place preceding the CFS Open Ended Working Group meeting on RAI...
Jun
9
On 9-10 July, Jeannette will be attending thePolicy Advisory Committee of the FAO Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture" in Rome, Italy.The role of the members of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is to advise the project on identifying innovative policy-relevant issues, allowing for a supportive and enabling policy framework for ecosystem services...
Jun
30
On 30 June to 1 July, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liason in Rome, will attend thethe eleventh conference "Policies against Hunger" which will take place at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.The conference will seek to contribute to promoting the “Principles for responsible agricultural investments”, due to be adopted by the Committee on World Food Security Plenary in...
Apr
9
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, is the discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" during the UN Gender Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) joint thematic debate/forum on partnerships, held in United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The primary objective of the joint event is...
Apr
24
On 24-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, will attend the8th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change, in Kathmandu, Nepal. CBA8 aims to: • Bring together different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of CBA financing, planning and best practice • Enhance the capacity of the most vulnerable groups and people, improve...
Mar
26
On 26-27 March, USAID LEAF Program, WOCAN & UNREDD organizes the Asia Pacific Workshop on Women’s Inclusion for Sustainable Forests and Climate: What works? in Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop is part of the Joint Initiative between WOCAN, LEAF and UN-REDD established to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion and gender perspectives in REDD+ in the Asia-...
Mar
7
On 7 March, WOCAN will attend theexpert dialogue on : “Equality for Women is Progress for All: a Reflection on the Millennium Development Goals and a Post-2015 Development Framework, Towards the Achievement of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific”, organized by UN Women incommemoration of International Women’s Day 2014 in...
Mar
16
On 16-19 March, Jeannette will be attending thefield dialogue on Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests (4Fs) in Indonesia, hosted by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in partnership withthe Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Daemeter and the University of Palangkaraya (UNPAK).TFD’s initiative on 4Fs aims to bridge the gap among forest, agriculture and other land use...
Jan
30
On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will attend the Working SessiononGender and Climate Change: Programme Development for South East Asia organized by UN Women in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the session is todiscuss the status of work on gender and climate change so that UN Women can identify the implementation gaps...

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This study investigates women’s participation and opportunities for empowerment within this context of complexdryland governance. The research was commissioned by the UNDP Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystemsand Desertification (GPC-Nairobi) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in order to exploreissues of dryland women’s governance. It is...
This paper, produced as a background document for an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) organized by UN-Women, UN DESA and the UNFCCC Secretariat in mid-October 2015, analyses the GCF’s potential, as well as challenges and obstacles to fulfilling this role and how they could be overcome. Tasked to make an ambitious global contribution to combating climate change, the GCF is to promote...
The report frames climate change as a universal human rights imperative, a global security threat, and a pervasive economic strain. Cataloguing the effects of climate change, the study examines the gendered dimensions of sea level rising and flooding; deforestation and ocean acidification; water scarcity; energy production and energy poverty; and climate-related displacement and migration. As...
GenderCC, UN Habitat and the German development agency GIZ have released a comprehensive new guidebook on gender-sensitive urban climate policies. Authored by GenderCC's Gotelind Alber, the guidebook recognises that although it is widely acknowledged that gender dimensions need to be addressed, most local governments do not pay attention to the diverse impacts of climate policies on women...
The handbook was developed in association with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). The Handbook presents the current rules and practices for the engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) in UNEP's work, based on rules of procedure of the UN Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA). In an accompanying message, UNEP advises stakeholders that Member States are currently...
Preamble This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative...
This Gender Equality Index prepared byAfDB’s is the only index that provides evidence on gender equality for 52 of Africa’s 54 countries.And it was designed not just to measure gender inequality, but to promote development. It discusses three important dimensions ofgender equality: economic empowerment, human development, andlaws and institutions...
In order to obtain an enriched understanding of theframing of gender issues in climate change relatedpolicies in Uganda and to explore its impacts on climatechange adaptation at grassroots, the InternationalInstitute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the InternationalCenter for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) analyzed theinfluence of current policy and...
Most governments have expressed a commitment to gender equality goals but there are often inconsistencies between policy statements and the ways in which public finances are raised and spent. Most governments have also expressed a commitment to greater transparency and accountability. Participation and consultation in the formulation of a country’s budget is still often limited, however, so...
This UN Women’s flagship report, shows that, all too often, women’s economic and social rights are held back, because they are forced to fit into a ‘man’s world’. But, it is possible to move beyond the status quo, to picture a world where economies are built with women’s rights at their heart. It is being published as the international community comes...

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