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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
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...

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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...
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...

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