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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January 2, 2017
Looking back at 2016 brings a sense of pride and accomplishment for all that WOCAN has achieved over the years. It was a year of recognition for these years of effort, as we were selected to receive the Momentum for Change Women for Results award of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This award was given for the development of the W+ Standard and its application to a renewable energy...
December 21, 2016
Maria Lee, Assistant Director and Regional Coordinator for Europe, visited the Khalladi Acwa Power project in the region of Tanger-Tetouan in Morocco, on 20-21 Dec. The mission included three consultations with local communities, a visit of the wind project site and exchanges with the project team. As part of its corporate social responsibility strategy, the Khalladi Acwa Power...
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November 23, 2016
Jeannette was one of the panelists during the Responsible Business Forums' workshop on SDG 5 Gender Equality on 23 November in Singapore. The workshop was facilitated by Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UN Women. The other panelists were: Pablo Largacha, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications Asia Pacific, Coca-Cola, Emmeline L. Verzosa,...
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November 22, 2016
There is currently a growing interest 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 gender equality and women’s inclusion...
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November 4, 2016
WOCAN, in collaboration with AKIN Asia organized a panel discussion on ‘Women In Environment’ on 2 November in Bangkok. The panelists were Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit, Chairperson of Green World Foundation; Madeleine Recknagel, Lecturer at the International Tourism Management department at Bangkok University; Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director of the Sustainable Development...
November 17, 2016
Jeannette was interviewed by the Swiss Radio SRF 4 "Trend” program to discuss the role of women in climate politics and present the W+ Standard, which measures specifically how much women benefit from climate projects. Listen to the full interview: [Language Swiss] http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/trend/label-energie-stadt-der-neue-schweizer-export-renner
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November 15, 2016
Jeannette Gurung, presented the W+ Standard and discussed the need for recognition for women’s critical for solutions of climate change, during the UNFCCC’s Solution Hour discussion on 15 Nov in Marrakesh, Morocco. The other panelists were Leslie Dodson of Women-Led Fog Harvesting, Joel Conkling of Project Sunroof, Magnus Borelius of Gothenburg Green Bonds and Supriya Prasannan ...
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November 14, 2016
The Green Climate Fund and other climate related funds are beginning to require reporting of gender impacts of their investments, while corporations and financial institutions are increasingly interested in addressing women’s empowerment needs and SDG targets. WOCAN organized the side event during UNFCCC’s COP22 on 17 November in Marrakesh to discuss how new standards are making it...
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November 15, 2016
This special event showcased how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide. The event is divided into two segments. The first is a high - level panel discussion that will explore how gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical when addressing climate change and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The second segment demonstrated on-the-ground...
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October 20, 2016
Maria Lee, WOCAN Core Associate Europe, participated in the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Conference “Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda” in Stockholm on 19-20 October. The conference jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute brought together policy makers and...
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May
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WOCAN is a members of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). The goal of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Conference 2016 is to discuss “How has Social Investing Impacted Asia?” by taking stock of the social investing market in the past years from when it was just a concept in Asia. Sessions will address questions such as has there been real progress? Has the...
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Forest and Landscapes Climate Finance team (GCCFL) in collaboration with the Gender CCSA, on gender and climate change is organizing a seminar on “Gender Inclusion in the World Bank’s Work on Forests and Landscapes: Applying the W+ Standard” on 4 Feb, 12:00-1:30pm at the World Bank in Washington DC. Overview: In the context of the World Bank Group’s 2016 Gender...
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Jeannette Gurung will attend the workshop onGovernance Structure of the GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative (GWIAI) organized by US- ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) from 30 Nov- 1 Dec in Bangkok, Thailand.This workshop is part of the sequential activities to foster gender business mainstreaming within the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN), and SME development...
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Jeannette will be attending theConsultative Group to Assist thePoor (CGAP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) workshop on,“Facilitating Inclusive Financial Markets” being heldon 2 Decemberat in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently CGAP has published new funder guidelines, which encourage funders totake a market systems approach to...
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Gender and Climate Finance COP21 side event Monday, December 7th, 10:00-11:30, IUCN Pavilion- Blue Zone Gender equality and women’s empowerment are pathways to achieving greater progress in better development outcomes, including reducing greenhouse gases and building resilience for climate change impacts. Climate finance is a critical element of the climate...
Dec
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From Global Commitments to Local Action:National Approaches to Mitigating Climate Changeand Advancing Gender Equality A high-level UNFCCC COP21 side event On the occasion of Gender Day Tuesday, December 8th 16:45-18:15 Blue Zone; Room OR 01 Paris, France Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government of Liberiain collaboration with the...
Jan
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WOCAN Board meeting will be held from 27-29 January 2016 in San Francisco, California, USA.
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Dec
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Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate, Maria Lee will be attending the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris from 4-11 Dec. Jeannette will be on the panel of various side events highlighting the W+ Standard as a mechanism that can be applied by projects to measure the results related to women’s...
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Jeannette Gurung will be participating in the Global Landscapes Forum organized by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 5-6 Dec in Paris, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21. Priority issues to be addressed in the 2015 Forum include: Tracking support for the restoration of degraded lands worldwide while developing a better understanding of the role of landscapes...
Oct
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Jeannette Gurung will be discussing the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals at the Responsible Business Forum Webinar. When:Oct. 21st 2015, 2.30 - 3.30pm SGT Chair- Mark Ingram, Chief Executive Officer, Business for Millennium Development Speakers -David Kiu, VP Global Communications, Unilever Tim Bishop, Regional Private Sector Specialist, Asia Pacific, Care...
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The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and partner organizations documentedcases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences andperspectives. PCFS met with women from three differentcommunities and interviewed them on their perspectives, experiences andstruggles. PCFS also recorded how the women from these communities...
Women and girls in Mozambique are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a particularly powerful El Niño phenomenon, according to this CARE study. Up to 80 percent of the families are forced to reduce their meals to only one or two daily rations. Tens of thousands of children are expected to be acutely malnourished. The situation is...
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This fact sheet developed by FAO presents an overview of current gender equalityand women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. Women’sengagement in fisheries can be viewed from social, political andtechnical perspectives, all of which show that the role of women is oftenunderestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions...
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