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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
May 18, 2014
UNESCAP, in collaboration with civil society partners, convened the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok on 15-17 May, as a preparatory event for the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) scheduled on 19-21 May. The Forum brought together civil society organizations from different sectors and countries to explore common ground and actions, to...
May 30, 2014
Jeannette attended the Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange organized by IUCN and USAID in collaboration with WEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SESin Washington DC from 13-15 May 2014, along with about 45 others from around the world. The objective of the event was to increase the understanding of gender considerations relevant to REDD+ through exchange of on the ground examples from...
May 27, 2014
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, joined the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) preparatory meeting on 17-18 May and the negotiation of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) from 19 to 24 May. The 6-day negotiations worked intensively on the 6 Principle out of 10, also the Roles, Responsibilities, and Application Section still needs to be discussed...
November 15, 2013
On Oct, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kitale and Kitui County, Kenya. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the leadership role of women farmers in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in the face of a changing climate. The two day meeting...
October 4, 2013
On Sept, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN, organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kenya. One was in Nyandarua County on 2 -3 Sept, with 24 participants (20 women and 4 men) from Tulaga, Kinja and Gathara Wards and the other in Nakuru County on 12 -13 of Sept, with 21 participants (19 women and 2 men)...

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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...
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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
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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,...
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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
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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...
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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
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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...
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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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This report was developed as a part of the regional initiative, ‘Mainstreaming gender into forest policies of developing Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) member countries,’ funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP). The report tries to understand how gender perspectives are being integrated in...
The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute, provides a flexible and affordable framework approach for countries to rapidly identify and analyse forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level. Importantly, ROAM can provide vital support to...
This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Overview Report makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. Showcasing effective and promising existing strategies, the report...
By Mary Galvin Abstract This Perspective draws together and reflects on primary research conducted by the author over the past decade regardingthe barriers to ‘real’ participation of community members and the obstacles to their holding officials and politicians accountablefor the delivery of rural water and sanitation services in South Africa. It argues that...
This policy brief highlightshow sensitivity to access to specific assets and constraintsexperienced by women (in particular local contexts) can helprealize their potential of becoming important actors in adaptinglocal food production to climatic stress. Citation: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 2014. Promoting productive gendered spaces for adapting...
This film directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by CDKN, follows rural Indian women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing...
As UN member states begin their discussions on the post 2015 sustainable development framework on January 19th 2015, Landesa and its partners want to continue efforts to ensure that land rights for women and men is explicitly included in the post 2015 development goals, targets, and indicators. This video makes the case for why it is vital to retain secure land rights for women and men under...
The report includes highlights of the various sessions and group discussions, as well as participant priorities for collaboration under the Asia LEDS Partnership in 2015. Example priority work areas suggested for further assessment include: Tools for assessing economic growth and employment benefits of LEDS; Training on developing and financing low emission land use plans in the AFOLU...
The infographic describes the links between food security, gender and climate change. It gives the analytical framework of the Gender and climate change research in agriculture and food security for rural development (FAO and CCAFS 2012, second edition 2013), available at:www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3385e/i3385e.pdf Related linkshttp://www.fao.org/climatechange/micca/gender;...

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