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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
October 28, 2014
The WLCAN (Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management)in South African held its fifth meeting on 21 October 2014 in Pretoria, hosted by the City of Tshwane. Linda Mossop, WOCAN Coordinator for South Africa/ Africa, charied the meeting and Ms. Susan Molaka of the Tswane Municpailty gave the opening remarks and briefly discussed the interaction and co-...
October 22, 2014
WOCAN, theWomen’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and theWomen’s UN Report Network (WUNRN) jointly organized a side event on Women-Food Security- Peace & Conflict at the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on 14 October in Rome, Italy. Staffan De Mistura, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Syria, through a...
October 14, 2014
WOCAN in collaboration with RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests and The Forest Dialogue held a 3-day Regional Dialogue on Women's Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia, in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 7-9, 2014. The dialogue brought together 40 participants (33 women and seven men) from ten countries (eight from Asia), representing indigenous peoples, local communities,...
October 13, 2014
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. Read the Full Article:http://www....
September 19, 2014
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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On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, will present the highlights from the workshop on Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture in ASEAN at the online learning eventorganized by FAO. The online learning event will consist of up to three webinars (approx. 90min each) and online discussions on the linkages between gender, agriculture and climate change. The event is organized within the...
Dec
10
In December, from the 10th to the 12th, Yaoundé, in Cameroun will host the Forum of African Rural Women. This very first edition of the Forum will deal with a crucial issue: “The place and role of African women farmers in family farming”. The outcome is meant to be a significant contribution to feed into the debate around the International Year of Family farming 2014....
Nov
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On 5 Oct, WOCAN will conduct the National Forest Dialogue on Exclusion/Inclusion of Women in REDD+, Forest and other Natural Resource Management Sectors in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The participants would be from NGOs and government agencies who will review the draft report, Breaking the Barriers: Revealing Opportunities and Obstacles of Gender Integration in REDD+, Forest and Other Natural Resource...
Dec
11
On 11-12 Dec, Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in ASEAN will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop is organized jointly by the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), ASEAN Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ). In recent years,...
Oct
7
On 7-10 Oct, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, will participatethe 40th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to be held in Rome, Italy.The highlights of this year’s session will focus on investment on smallholder agriculture and biofuels as they affect and impact on food security. Both topics carry with them important gender dimensions. Women and girls...
Oct
29
On 29-30 Oct, Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director WOCAN, will attend the Oslo REDD Exchange in Oslo, Norway. WHAT: Hosted by the Norwegian and International Climate and Forest Initiative, Oslo REDD Exchange aims to renew the forests and climate change agenda in light of experience to date, and respond to rapidly changing physical, financial, and political landscapes. WHY: REDD...
Sep
23
On 23-24 Sept, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, will attend the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Development of Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (RAI) in the Context of Food Security and Nutritionat the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.On top of the agenda is the RAI Zero Draft. The key concern in the Draft for the civil society is the prioritization of...
Aug
28
Join the publication launch webinarand brownbag discussion: Getting gender right in the REDD+ SES! WEDO and the REDD+ SES Initiative are pleased to invite you to a webinar and brown bag discussion on our recent joint publication ,Getting gender right in the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards. The publication highlights the action research on gender equality, women’s...
Sep
20
The International Women's Earth & Climate Summit will take place on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit will bring together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda.Although this...
Sep
17
On 17-18 September, CSR Asia Summit is being held in Centara Grand at Central Plaza, Ladprao, Bangkok, Thailand. The CSR Asia Summit is the annual flagship event hosted by CSR Asia which is widely recognised as the most innovative andthought-provoking conference on corporate social responsibility in the region. The Summit is held in a different country each year andbrings together a...

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This brief is a contribution to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention onClimate Change (COP21). It provides an overview of how well members of the OECD Development AssistanceCommittee (DAC)are integrating gender equality into their bilateral aid to climate change. KEY FINDINGS In 2013, 29% of DAC members’ bilateral aid to...
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...

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