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 20, 2014
On 19 May, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with support from WOCAN organized the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) meeting in Gathara, Nyandarua County, Kenya. There were 17 participants (15 women and 2 men) from, Mukiri Tene Women Group, Midhill Self Help Group, Gathara Mwihoko Women Group and Kinyahwe Group. The meeting was facilitated by Elijah Kimani...
May 15, 2014
On 14 May, World Bank hosted the discussion on thenew report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, which distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These...
April 15, 2014
The Green Climate Fund has approved WOCAN as an observer organization, allowing WOCAN to attend meetings of the Board. As an observer WOCAN will sharing research and materials, coordinating priorities and providing technical support and background information to GCF Board members, alternatives and their advisors. In particular, WOCAN will present its W+ Standard as a results-based finance...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, attended the 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The CBA8 brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, I attended the8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. I attended various panels/discussions and actively engaged with other GGCA members participating at the conference. GGCA members developed a Resource Guide for Gender in CBA8, which included key messages and...
April 30, 2014
On 27-28 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, participated in the Civil Society Mechanism's (CSM) meeting prior to the CFS Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on RAI . The CSM discussed Draft 1 (an expansion of the Draft 0) of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The Mechanism developed a point by point analysis of Draft 1 and wrote a...
April 22, 2014
Jeannette Gurung has accepted the invitation to serve on the Policy Advisory Committee for The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture". The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of incentives for ecosystem services provided by agriculture. In the first phase, the project compiled...
April 15, 2014
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, was a discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" at 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 to...
March 28, 2014
On 26-27 March, USAID LEAF Program, WOCAN & UNREDD organized 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-...
March 17, 2014
On March 13, Sefora Masia, WOCAN South Africa Coordinator, organized the WLCAN meeting in Tshwane, South Africa. There were 52 participants, 50 participants were women farmers from various parts of Tshwane Region. The other two were municipality representatives from the Gender Unit and from the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Waste Management.Dr Lipalesa Motjope, WOCAN Member,...

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Mar
8
How women can be empowered in the fight against climate change As the response to climate change is scaled up across the three core pillars of government, business and international action, women need to be empowered to play a more active and effective role. Women are found in key leadership roles in business, politics, education and family and can use that leadership to mobilize climate action...
Mar
8
Join Agrilinks #AskAg Twitter Chat on International Women’s Day, March 8, to discuss "Not Only About Women" in gender for agriculture. Panel of expert tweeters will discuss gender integration for agriculture and food security, including how to incorporate gender-based violence (this year’s IWD theme), engage men and boys, and best practices in gender analysis. This twitter...
Mar
5
This Africa-focused dialogue will generate a dynamic discourse among policy makers and development experts in Central and West Africa on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of land deals or concessions in Africa--particularly on former forest land and woodland, or with land with conflicting community or customary rights over it. The dialogue is co-organized by the Central African...
Feb
20
Did you watch the interactive session of theThe Global Meeting of Women's Leadership Circles being held in Nairobi, Kenya on Feb 18th?We had a great session online and offline! Come join us again for theLast Day of the Live Streaming of The Global Meeting of the WLC on Feb 20th, 8:00am Nairobilocal time GMT/UTC + 03:00 hour. The meeting will...
Feb
27
On 27 February to 1 March, Mark Blackden, WOCAN Board Member, and Margaret Bruce, WOCAN Consultant,will be attending the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington DC. WOCAN is using this opportunity to introduce the Women’s Carbon Standard (WCS) to leaders in the U.S. climate policy and program implementation community. WOCAN’s representatives will be meeting with...
Feb
11
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison Officer in Rome,will attend the First Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum organized by IFADand partners, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), in Rome on 11-12 February, 2013. The objective of the forum isto improve the accountability and development effectiveness of IFAD's programmes, consult on rural...
Dec
5
WEDNESDAY, DEC 5 13:15 – 14:45 - Side Event Rm 4 Change we can believe in: Countries making a difference through gender-responsive climate change frameworks (@iucn; @iucn_gender) Showcasing innovative gender-responsive climate change frameworks developed through multi-stakeholder processes in 11 countries and regions around the world. Participants...
Dec
3
WOCAN will be represented as an observer at the 145th Session of the Council, FAO’s governing body, to be held in Rome, 3-7 December 2012. Maris Gavino, WOCAN liaison in Rome, will attend the session. The Council, consisting of 49 member governments, will discuss policies and important matters for decision by the supreme governing body, the Conference. One such matter to be...
Jan
8
Lamia Fattal, Washington DC Liaison officer, will participate at the event organized by USAID titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Gender Integration and Women's Empowerment at USAID”. The event is chaired by Ambassador Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administratior and other speakers are Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator For Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment...

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Farming First and The United NationsFood and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)have jointly launched a new interactive infographic entitled “The Female Face of Farming”. The infographic is a striking visual representation of the statistics that underlie the urgent need to invest in rural women.You can view the full infographic at:www.farmingfirst.org/women
WOCAN in collaboration withRECOFTC- The Center for People and Forestshas developed an infographic to highlight the discussions and recommendations of theRegional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management,held on 7-9 October 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The dialogue brought together 40 participants (33 women and seven men) from ten countries (eight from...
This report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the "Regional Dialogue on Women's Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia", held on 7-9 Oct in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) in partnership with The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and The Forests Dialogue, and with the support of the...
Over three days, 13-15 May 2014, in Washington,D.C., the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) joined with the GlobalGender Office (GGO) of the International Unionfor Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to organize andhost a technical workshop on gender and reducingemissions from deforestation and forest degradation(REDD+). A learning...
Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides...
Aki Kono, Regional Advisor of UN-REDD Programme (UNDP) presented the findings of the Joint Initiative for Promoting Greater Gender Equality in SFM Policy & Practice, during the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The Regional Joint Initiative was implemented by USAID LEAF (Lowering...
More than 40 representatives from communities, govt, NGOs, UN and donor agencies came together to explore best practices and the way forward at the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The dialogue, supported by WOCAN, The Forest Dialogue (TFD) andRECOFTC – The Center for People and...
Jeannette Gurung presented the summary of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest Sector held in Kathmandu Nepal in 2012, during the'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The purpose of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest...
Gary Dunning, Executive Director of The Forest Dialogue (TFD), delivered this pesentation during the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The presentation focused on the 4Fs Initiative of the TFD and dicussed issues regarding managing landscapes for Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests and seeking...
Daryll Delgado, Program Manager of Verite Southeast Asia (VSEA),presented their various research and programs on corporate accountability. The mission of VSEA is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal conditions. It is a network of NGOs globally in 60+ countries and works with Fortune 500 brands, SMEs, local and international NGOs, industry associations, trade...

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