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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2013
By Kopila Thapa, WOCAN Member and Gender Specialist “I motivate other women in my village to change crops to adapt the climate change effects”- Ms. Siyat Chey, Women Farmer from Cambodia. Her dedication on Climate Smart-Agriculture was really praise worthy. She shared her Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) farming experiences in workshop, organized in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 Dec...
December 13, 2013
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 Development Cooperation (GIZ). This regional workshop aims...
December 11, 2013
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). This regional workshop...
November 30, 2013
On 26 Nov, fourth Women's Leadership Circle in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WLCAN) meeting was organized in Pretoria, South Africa.At the last WLCAN meeting, the farmers chose to be addressed by an official from the Tshwane Municipality to explain how farmers can get access to funds promised by the municipality. The Municipality has reserved 25% (R2 Billion) of its...
November 12, 2013
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, is selected by the Women's Major Group as the Alternate Regional Focal Point - Asia - for the 10 Year Framework Patterns (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The 10YFP is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in both developed and...
November 19, 2013
On 19 Nov.at the UNFCCC COP19 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the first-­‐ever Environment and Gender Index (EGI) which monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena. The Index ranks 72 countries on how they are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning. The...
November 16, 2013
On Nov 12, about200 participants attended the UNFCCC Gender Workshop on Nov 12 during the COP19 in Warsaw, Poland.As mandated by the COP18 Gender Decision, the UNFCCC Secretariat convened the first in-session workshop focused on gender balance and gender equality. The COP19 Gender Workshop was an opportunity for Parties to share national experiences and consider concrete steps...
November 13, 2013
With seven minutes to spare before the end of a three-hour workshop about agriculture and adaptation to climate change, someone finally mentioned the word “women”…As part of the annual UN climate talks, or ‘COP19’, the workshop was supposed to be exploring the impacts of climate change in agricultural practice. However, by treating this topic as somehow...
November 12, 2013
On 17 Nov, Jeannette Gurung will be speaking at the Gender Café during the Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland. The Global Landscapes Forum combines into one event two of the world’s most influential annual conferences on the role of forests and agriculture in mitigating and adapting to climate change: Forest Day and Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day. Jeannette...
November 6, 2013
Deadline: 17 November 2013 1. Individuals interested in serving as senior international experts will have to demonstrate recognized capacity and expertise in at least one of the following fields of key competency, supported by a successful career track at senior and executive levels in an...

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http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTGENDER/0,,contentMDK:20208259~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:336868,00.html This document is an excellent and applied set of gender-integration guidelines for agricultural extension agents and policy makers. (The QED Group LLC)
http://www.gender-budgets.org/ UNIFEM’s Gender-responsive Budgeting details government planning, programming and budgeting that contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the fulfillment of women's rights. This resource identifies needed interventions to address gender gaps in sector and local government policies, plans and budgets. This resource also aims to analyze the...
The policy options detailed in this policy brief include improving the conditions of child laborers, integrating child labor regulations into local policy, and the need for rural schools to be amenable and accessible to the limitations of children laborers. (The QED Group LLC)
The report details how migration disproportionately affects women due to the shift of burdens when men migrate to cities for work. It also discusses the role of remittances and the challenges of gender discrimination that women migrants face. (The QED Group LLC)
The policy brief explains why rural women’s entrepreneurship is beneficial to society, why women should receive more training to grow their businesses, and how social and structural barriers against women entrepreneurs is detrimental to rural society. (The QED Group LLC)
This policy brief contains an action plan detailing policy options for empowering women in agriculture. (The QED Group LLC)
Rural employment is currently the subject of considerable discussion in international policy circles, particularly in the context of the global financial and food crises, as it could play a very powerful role in reducing poverty worldwide, thereby contributing to meeting the Millennium Development Goals. FAO. (The QED Group LLC)
Apractical guide on how to integrate a gender perspective into the policy process to improve the equity, efficiency and sustainability of agricultural policies. FAO. (The QED Group LLC)
This document addresses both global and country-level info on gender in agriculture. It describes concerns including access to credit, land ownership refore and equal access to inputs, and being better informed about the overall role of women in agriculture.
This toolkit has been developed to assist project task teams, borrowers, and partners to recognize and address gender concerns in designing rural development projects and to monitor and evaluate results, outcomes, and impact on achieving overall rural well-being. To further this, the Agriculture Action Plan 2013–2015 aims to include gender-related analysis in 100% of its projects and gender...

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