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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
July 22, 2014
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board member, discussed future path for improving Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategies of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) on the expert panel of the Sixth National Community Forestry Workshop in Nepal. The workshop was organized by Community Forestry Division of the Department of Forests, from 16-18 June in Kathmandu, Nepal. Kanchan...
June 23, 2014
Ms. Cllr Gogo Alphina Ndlovana, Councilor of the Women’s Progressive Movement, opened the WLCAN meeting emphasizing that the WLCAN meeting is an important platform to discuss ways by which the Council Resolution of spending 25% of the City of Tshwane Municipality budget which should be used for the empowerment of women can be implemented to best serve the target group. Enica Tshime, Deputy...
June 18, 2014
As the member of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) for the FAO Project for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture (IES), Jeannette Gurung,attended thea meeting where the FAO project team members, donor representatives and 11 other PAC members from governments, international organizations and NGOs and the private sector discussed key obstacles and opportunities for incentivizing PES by...
June 9, 2014
WOCAN is re-elected to the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Steering Committee (SC) for July 2014 to June 2016. Vera P. Weill-Halle, Chairperson of WOCAN Board of Directors, will continue as our representative. WOCAN would like to congratulate the other two newly elected GGCA Steering Committee members: Population Action International (PAI) and RECOFTC – The Center for People and...
June 9, 2014
The UN-REDD Program newsletter featured the REDD+ Stakeholdermeeting organized as part of a Joint Regional Initiative started a year ago by the UN-REDD Programme, USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) to help guide countries in the region on the importance of integrating gender...

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FANRPAN 2013 Annual High Level Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy Dialogue will be on the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)” from Monday, 2nd to Thursday, 5th September 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho. Key dates to note: Sunday 01 September: Thematic Learning Events Monday 02 September: Official Opening & Awards Ceremony: Rewarding African Success in...
Feb
25
SEAVEG 2014: Families, Farms, Food Regional Symposium onSustaining Small-ScaleVegetable Production andMarketing Systems for Food andNutrition Security 25-28 February 2014 Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand SEAVEG 2014: Families, Farms, Foodaims to bring together a wide range of expertise related to thevegetable...
Jul
24
On 24-26 July 2013, ADB, FAO and WOCAN is organizingAsia and the Pacific Regional High-level Consultation onGender, Food Security and Nutrition: Ensuring the Other Half Equal Opportunities in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the consultation are: (i)To raise awareness on the gender dimensions of food and nutrition insecurity and their implications for rural poverty,...
Jun
15
On 15-22 June, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, will attend the biennial FAO Conference, the supreme governing body, to be held in Rome, Italy. One important agenda item under Substantive and Policy Matters is FAO Gender Policy and the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (SWAP).
May
15
On 15 – 17 May, consultations with the CSOs and the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) initial discussions on RAI in the context of food security and nutrition will be held in FAO, Rome Italy. WOCAN is a member of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on RAI and Maris Gavino, Liaison for Rome, will be attending the consultations. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was requested by major...
May
24
On17th May, 2013, WOCAN Nepal is organizing the 5th Women's Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM in WOCAN Office, Lalitpur, Nepal. The objectives of the meeting are 1. To understand and discuss about the preparation process of the Government of Nepal’s (GoN) Forestry Sector Strategy (2012-2022). · What is the...
May
2
On 2 May, 2013 Jeannette will be speaking at the keynote session of theASEAN-FAO–GIZ-SDC Regional Expert Forum on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Bangkok, Thailand. The Regional Forumis being organized to support the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Securityand provide an opportunity for ASEAN...
Apr
22
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison to UN Food Agencies in Rome, will attend the 146th Session of the FAO Council, the 49-member group that deals with FAO governance. It will be held in Rome from 22 to 26 April 2013. The FAO Council, inter alia, recommends to the supreme body, the Conference, the biennial budget and the policies and programs of the Organization. Maris will follow, in...
Apr
22
WOCAN as a member of the"Women" Major Group will be participating at theThe Asian and Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting on Rio +20 Outcomes(RIM) on 22-24 April, atUNCC, Bangkok, Thailand.The RIMon Rio + 20 Outcomes will discuss regional perspectives on global processes resulting from Rio+20 such as the establishment of a High Level Political...

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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...
The achievement of substantive equality is understood as having four dimensions: redressing disadvantage; countering stigma, prejudice, humiliation and violence; transforming social and institutional structures; and facilitating political participation and social inclusion. The paper shows that, although not articulated in this way, these dimensions are clearly visible in the application by the...
This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World reporttakes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationallyestablished Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World FoodSummit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done,as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable DevelopmentAgenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990...
"This paper on the concept of equality as enshrined in the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discriminationagainst Women (CEDAW) has been commissioned by UN Women to provide a resource for the Associationof Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-governmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR). While underthe ASEAN Charter an ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection...

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