The W+ Standard

The W+ Standard is a unique certification label developed by WOCAN that endorses projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in economic development or environment projects, including those that provide renewable energy technologies, time and labor saving devices, forest and agriculture activities, and employment opportunities.

The W+ is thus an innovative framework to quantify and monetize the social capital created by women, to recognize and reward their contributions to sustainable environments and communities.
 
The W+ measures women’s empowerment in six domains: Time, Income & Assets, Health, Leadership, Education & Knowledge and Food Security. It produces quantified women-benefit units that contribute towards post 2015 Sustainability Goals (SDGs), Climate Financing or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets.

Vist W+ Standard website for more detail: www,wplus.org

Why a W+ Standard?

In much of the world, women comprise the majority of farmers and natural resource managers, yet are often excluded from decision-making and do not have an equal access to resources. Strengthening women’s empowerment will provide environmental, social and economic benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience and food security.

Governments, development agencies and investors are increasingly funding women’s empowerment/ gender equality, based on women’s rights and evidence of improved project outcomes. However, what is lacking for many is a robust means of measuring these outcomes in a way that can be simply communicated.

How will the W+ Standard be Implemented?

Existing or new projects should assess how the W+ can be integrated into their project.  Any type of economic development or environment project is potentially applicable: forest, renewable energy, clean water, agriculture, etc.  Projects must plan for and measure progress in at least one of the six domains: Income and Assets, Time, Education and Knowledge, Leadership, Food Security and Health.  Once projects are defined and underway their outcomes will be monitored and measured and verified by an external auditor that has been approved by WOCAN. Organizations/projects that have obtained satisfactory results will be issued W+ certificates for a specific number of units which can then be sold to corporations, investors and individual buyers. The W+ will also provide a new revenue stream to women and their groups through benefit sharing mechanisms required by the Standard.

For more information go to W+ Website: www.wplus.org

Technical Assistance 

WOCAN provides technical assistance in building capacities for gender and women’s empowerment programming and monitoring and evaluation, and can guide Project Developers in each step of the W+ standard application. Project Developers will gain knowledge and expertise on how to measure women’s empowerment using the W+ Standard as a result of receiving this assistance.

 

 

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August 29, 2017
Media Alert: VCS and WOCAN partner to link co-benefits of women’s empowerment with carbon projects.
In programs: The W+ Standard
July 28, 2017
Jeannette and Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Specialist for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF World Bank), coordinating social inclusion and sustainability in REDD+ in East Asia and the Pacific, joined 16 staff of the the Green Climate Fund in Songdo, Korea to share experiences on Gender Integration in REDD+ on Friday, July 28. Juan Chang, Senior Forest and Land Use Specialist of...
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July 28, 2017
Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, facilitated the workshop on 26-28 July in Apia, Samoa. The workshop provided an overview of gender concepts, introduced gender analysis methods/tools and led the participants to develop activities and identify capacity needs. ​
July 11, 2017
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, was the lead discussant for the SDG2 Thematic Session, during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. Meena urged the identification of emergent challenges in rapid urbanization. She emphasized that transformative change in food and agriculture is necessary to eradicating poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This means moving...
July 24, 2017
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board of Member, responded to the online discussion, led by FAO with IFAD, UNWomen and WFP. The main objective of this online discussion is to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. Kanchan emphasized the need to support women farmers’ association, help them manage federations; provide...
July 26, 2017
Jeannette spoke at the Asian Development Bank Regional Seminar on Gender Equality in Climate Change and Disasters Management: Weathering an Uncertain Future, to share WOCAN’s experiences in a session on Perspectives from Global/Regional Alliance, Research and Advocacy Organisations on Gender and Climate Change. She also delivered a training session on the W+ Standard to 20 seminar...
June 22, 2017
The second public comment period for The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open. Here is the document:W+ Standard Draft for 2nd Public Comment Public comment will be accepted on the draft revised W+ Standard Version 1.3 untilMonday, 24 July 2017. Comments and questions should be sent to:Coordinator@wplus.org The draftW+ Standard reflecting input from the...
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May 30, 2017
Jeannette Gurung, presented the key findings and recommendation from the assessment of the gender integration in the REDD+ and Emission Reduction Program in Nepal, during the workshop on 30 May in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Sindhu P Dhungana, Director of REDD IC, who gave the welcome remarks. Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Expert at World Bank Group and Dr Pem narayan...
May 23, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the session on “Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains” during the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, convened by SEEP on 23 May in Bangkok. Jeannette presented that the W+ Standard can incentivize agribusinesses to change practices, to contribute to upgrading...
May 16, 2017
Nisha Onta, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Knowledge Management Coordinator, presented WOCAN’s courses and the W+ Standard at the Third Meeting of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) on 16 May 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. WOCAN was invited to provide support to integrate gender in the ASEAN CRN activities. The event brought together focal points of the ASEAN Technical...

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Sep
20
To celebrate the recently-announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN is hosting two panel sessions from 1pm to 3pm, on September 20th, at the Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY. Through WOCAN’s W+ Standard, community development and carbon projects can now add on credible, measurable women’s empowerment co-benefits, providing...
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Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains| Date: May 23, 2:30 PM– 4:15 PM, Connections 1 Venue:Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 Chaired byAdam Smith International While significant advances have been made in integrating WEE into market system...
Jun
8
Agriculture is the cornerstone of many Asian economies with about 40% of the population depending on this sector for their livelihoods. Women involved in agriculture are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation. This session during the AVPN 2017 Conference will highlight approaches to Gender Lens Investing in Agriculture across several Asian countries. Jeannette will moderate...
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Mar
21
This is the annual workshop for the partner organizations of the Swedish Development Cooperation inAsia and the Pacific region. The purpose of this workshop is to provide opportunity for participants to get to know eachother’s work, beyond lessons learned – in order to co-create and strategize for mutually beneficialcollaboration to deliver on the Sustainable...
In programs: Membership Engagement
Nov
16
UNFCCC is organizing a series of special events from 12-17 November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22), to celebrate the 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities with inspiring videos, photography, roundtable discussions, an exhibition space and an evening award ceremony. The W+ Standard's pilot project in Nepal is one of the winners for the Momentum...
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Nov
22
Click here toRegister There is currently a momentum for companies and organizations to proclaim their goals and targets for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many of these are doing so in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Others understand the link of gender equality and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
16
WOCAN invites other Bay Area leaders supporting women’s empowerment and the integration of gender equality in climate change, food security and poverty elimination projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America to learn more about our programs, and discuss areas of common interest with WOCAN’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. WOCAN...
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28
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 13th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board being help from 28-30 June at GCF Headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. WOCAN is one of the GCF CSO Observers. Constituency meetings, as well as meetings of Board committees, panels and groups are planned on Sunday 26 June 2016, and Informal Consultations by Co-Chairs with Board members, alternate...
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4
WOCAN will participate in the “Enhancing Gender Equality in Global Environmental Financing” workshop organized by the IUCN GEF Unit, which is being held during the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 4 Sept in Hawaii. This workshop will focus on financing for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (including CBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC), showcasing experiences and best practices on gender...
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