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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2014
Those of you reading this are most likely familiar with WOCAN and its commitment to empowering women all over the world to be leaders in agriculture and natural resource management in their community and countries. Before my experience interning with WOCAN, my understanding of how a global non-profit functions and how it impacts international development issues was weak at best. I feel that the...
March 10, 2014
On 4-6 March, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, discussed the role of women and young farmers in family farming as a panelist during the Global Forum and Exposition on Family Farming (GFEFF) in Budapest, Hungary. The Forum was organized jointly by the Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary and FAO. Maris presented the best practices of the WLCAN (Women Leadership Circles in...
March 7, 2014
On 7 March, Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, Hannah Oblock and Morgan Anderson, WOCAN Interns, attended the UN Women’s “Equality for Women Is Progress for All” International Women’s Day event earlier this morning at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. Introductory remarks were presented from Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director of the...
February 17, 2014
On 11-12Feb, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, participated in theAsia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation for the 20-Year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, organized by UN Women and UNESCAP.The objective of the Consultation was to provide a forum for civil society working in support of...
February 12, 2014
On 3 Feb, Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, presented WOCAN's programs and projects at the "Conserving and restoring forests, oceans, ecosystems through recognizing the rights, needs and roles of women and their communities", side event during the Eighth Session of General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in New York, USA. The event was co-...
January 31, 2014
On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the Working Session on Gender and Climate Change: Programme Development for South East Asia organized by UN Women in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the session wasto discuss the status of work on gender and climate change so that UN Women can identify the implementation gaps and needs to...
February 2, 2014
On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, presented the findings and recommendationsfrom the workshop organized by WOCAN, FAO and GIZ on Dec 2013on Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture in ASEAN at the online learning event organized by FAO. The event was organized within the Community of Practice for Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture of the MICCA Programme in collaboration with...
January 17, 2014
On 10-12 Dec, four rural women members of The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) attended the Forum of African Rural Women inYaoundé, Cameroon with the financial support fromWOCAN. The Forum was organized byThe Sub-Regional Platform of Peasant Organizations of Central Africa, in French Plateforme sous-régionale des...
December 20, 2013
On 11 Dec 2013, Ms. Siyat Chey, Farmer and Community Leader, participated at the Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in ASEAN was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Chey is a leader of the Kasikor Samaki Meanchey Association or Farmer Solidarity Association for seven years. This association is part of a larger network of more than 1,100 village-based farmer associations...
December 18, 2013
On 11-12 Dec, Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in ASEAN was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was jointly organized by WOCAN, ASEAN Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The workshop aimed to support the integration of gender concerns into the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework...

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Nov 27 - UNFCCC COP18 Gender Day Starting at 1pm Launch of the COP 17 / CMP 7 Presidency Legacy publication Thuto Ya Batho Women and Climate Change. The publication is an initiative of the COP 17 President, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa. It focuses on women’s critical role in building resilience to climate change and aims to inspire to action to unlock the...
Nov
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Nisha Onta from WOCAN will be participating at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Civil Society Observers (CSO) Forum in Istanbul on Nov. 4, 2012. There would be two sessions: Session one: Efficiency of the CIFs – what have we learned thus far? The objective of the morning session is to capitalise on lessons from the CIF stakeholder engagement process....
Nov
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Jeannette Gururng and Nisha Onta from WOCAN will participate at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 6-7 November. WOCAN is one of the sponsored participants selected by the CIFcivil society organization (CSO) observer committee. Jeannette will also be on the panel for the session on "Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance", on...
Oct
17
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend the side event organized by the CSOs on agro-ecology on 17 October 2012. The side event is organized to complement the policy roundtable that will discuss the HLPE (High Level Panel of Experts) Report to the 39th session of Committee on World Food Security (CFS), in Rome, from 15-20 October 2012, on Food Security and Climate Change. ...
Aug
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Sub-national level Gender and Climate Change consultation and screening of the film on Gender and & Climate Change will take place inBiratnagar, Nepal on 19thAugust, 2012. This is jointly organized by WOCAN and Himalayan Climate Initiatives.
Jul
26
The purpose of this one day seminar isto draw attention to the issues of gender in the forestry sector in Cambodia, with a specific focus on community forestry and REDD+.Speakers will present on progress towards implementing national level policies as well as share experience and lessons learned from fieldwork recently undertaken by Pact and WOCAN staff.Guests will...
Sep
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WOCAN is organizing the scoping dialogue in partnership with The Forest Dialogue onWomen'sExclusion and Inclusion in Forest Sectorin Kathmandu, NepalonSeptember 22-24, 2012. Gender inequalities are increasingly viewed as a weak link in the effective design and implementation of interventions aimed to reduce negative impacts of human activities on forests...
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Women’s Leadership in a Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contributions with Abidah Setyowati, Cecile Ndjebet, Meena Bilgi, Jeannette Gurung and Ministry of Forest, Indonesia Evidence from Indonesia, Cameroon and India presented in the panel demonstrates that empowering women as resource managers and entrepreneurs presents a powerful strategy that can be used to address both local and...
Jun
23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WOCAN is one of the organizing members of the Women Major Group. It will be sending a delegation to Brazil. More information can be found at http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/.

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This presentation was delivered by Maria Lee, WOCAN Program Coordinator, 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 highlights how including women in the landscape managment increases benefits for all.
This policy brief highlights specific challenges that prevent the inclusion of women and gender perspectives in the forest sector and REDD+, it also presents relevant good practices of women’s inclusion in forest and other land use sectors and presented specific recommendations for policy interventions. Good policies alone are not sufficient to achieve results. The best and most sustainable...
This training video targets community forestry practitioners to improve gender equity on the ground. The video explains the concept of gender equity in the context of forest communities and highlights best practices for achieving gender equity. Shot in Vientiane in Lao PDR and the Baan Thung Yao community forest in Thailand, the video features grassroots and institutional knowledge and...
Jun
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The toolkit focuses on food security, water, energy and disaster-risk-reduction and was developed to help dispel myths around gender. It is aimed at climate change professionals working in national governments, non-governmental organizations, as well as regional and international organizations.The toolkit is the result of collaboration between UN Women, the Secretariat of the Pacific...
Rwanda has provided a picture of promising change for improving gender equalities in land rights. This report draws upon extensive qualitative field research in 20 sectors of Rwanda to examine the current state of gendered rights to land in practice. Among Rwandan communities, there is now widespread knowledge of laws granting gender-equal rights. More and more women are receiving inheritance and...
Mar
26
This study is a part of the Joint Initiative of the USAID-funded LEAF Project, WOCAN, and the UN-REDD Programme to investigate practical entry points for women’s inclusion in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) policies and practices. It explores the current status and implementation of policies and practices related to gender equality in forestry and other...
Mar
26
The study is a part of the Joint Initiative of WOCAN, the UN-REDD Programme and USAID-funded LEAFProject to investigate practical entry points for women’s inclusion in Reducing Emissions fromDeforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) policies andpractices. It explores the current status ofpolicies and practices related to gender integration in forestry and other...
Mar
26
The study is a part of the Joint Initiative of WOCAN, the UN-REDD Programme and USAID-funded LEAFProject to investigate practical entry points for women’s inclusion in Reducing EmissionsfromDeforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) policies and practices. It aims to explore the currentstatus and effectiveness of policies and practices related to gender integration...
Mar
21
The Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate-smart Agriculture in ASEAN is the result of acollaborative effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Women Organizing forChange in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) and the German DevelopmentCooperation (GIZ) in close collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Committeeon Women....
This report reviews lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Asia and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. It is one of three regional reports on Africa, Asia and Latin America that Forest Carbon Markets and Communities (FCMC) is commissioning, as well as a global synthesis

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