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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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....
August 21, 2014
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the UNESCAP Committee on Social Development, Third Session as an observer on 18-20 August in Bangkok, Thailand. The thematic focus of the session was on gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly focusing on preparations for the regional review of progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and...
August 25, 2014
A broad coalition of feminist and women’s rights networks, constituencies and allies are preparing for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) regional and global review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. A CSO Steering Committee of 16 organisations1 including regional networks, constituency based groups including Indigenous...
July 11, 2014
Jeannette Gurung, WOCAN Executive Director, attended the Fourth Women Leadership Circles in Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) meeting hosted by the City of Tshwane on 8 July in Pretoria, South Africa. The discussion focused on the need to access more information on issues regarding land tenure, land reform, supply change management and bidding for tenders. The women farmers specifically asked for...
July 1, 2014
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attend the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Stakeholder Day and the Partnership Forum which was co- hosted by the CIF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from 22-24 June in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Cecile Ndjebet, WOCAN Core Associte and President of REFACOF and Bridget Burns from WEDO also participated at the forum and represented the...
June 18, 2014
Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) at Nyandarua Country in Kenya on 4-6 June. The forum aimed at providing training and awareness of different areas which women had requested during the previous meeting and increase their knowledge on ways of engaging the governments...

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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
1
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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Combining suggestions from UN Women, IFAD, UNEP, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network(SDSN), this paper propose the following land indicator to monitor land rights in the next 15 years. This indicator isfundamental and should be prioritized, as it provides the most basic information on this subject. It is based on whathas been proposed by SDSN and consistent with...
“Community Resilience at Scale: Grassroots Women Demonstrating Successful Practices” showcases four resilience-building practices designed and implemented by grassroots women in Kenya, Nicaragua, Honduras,and India through GROOTS Kenya, Unión de Cooperativas de Mujeres Las Brumas, Wagucha and Swayam Shikshan Prayog. Leveraging support from Huairou Commission’s...
In August 2014, nearly 100 grassroots leaders and representatives from environmental and women’s funds gathered for an international Summit on Women and Climate Change, hosted by Global Greengrants Fund, the International Network of Women’s Funds and the Alliance of Funds. Lessons and case studies from this initiative is captured in this report with the intention to seed...
This short position paper details the Women’s Major Group vision and priorities - including themes, goals, targets and indicators – for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the wider post- 2015 development agenda and the growing role of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It forms part of the European Commission-­‐funded programme “Post 2 Post: Enhancing...

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