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.

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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May 15, 2014
On 14 May, World Bank hosted the discussion on thenew report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, which distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These...
April 4, 2014
On 3 April, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) hosted the 2nd Women in Agriculture and NRM Meeting (WARM) in Bangkok. WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) (with men warmly welcomed). The 16 (13 women & 2 men) participants...
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April 15, 2014
The Green Climate Fund has approved WOCAN as an observer organization, allowing WOCAN to attend meetings of the Board. As an observer WOCAN will sharing research and materials, coordinating priorities and providing technical support and background information to GCF Board members, alternatives and their advisors. In particular, WOCAN will present its W+ Standard as a results-based finance...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, attended the 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The CBA8 brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, I attended the8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. I attended various panels/discussions and actively engaged with other GGCA members participating at the conference. GGCA members developed a Resource Guide for Gender in CBA8, which included key messages and...
April 30, 2014
On 27-28 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, participated in the Civil Society Mechanism's (CSM) meeting prior to the CFS Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on RAI . The CSM discussed Draft 1 (an expansion of the Draft 0) of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The Mechanism developed a point by point analysis of Draft 1 and wrote a...
April 22, 2014
Jeannette Gurung has accepted the invitation to serve on the Policy Advisory Committee for The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture". The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of incentives for ecosystem services provided by agriculture. In the first phase, the project compiled...
April 15, 2014
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, was a discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" at the UN Gender Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) joint thematic debate/forum on partnerships, held in United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The primary objective of the joint event is to...
April 21, 2014
Organization Name: International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions (IFAAES) Position: Part-time Program Coordinator (Consultant) Location: ...
April 9, 2014
On 4 April, Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Nepal Coordinator, facilitated the GESI Learning Alliance Workshop organized by IFAD Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dibya is also the Project Coordinator for IFAD/WOCAN project "Capacity Building for Women's Leadership in Farmer Producer Organizations in the Asia and the Pacific Region", currently implemented in Lao PDR, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The...

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May
28
Training on Gender Analysis for staff of ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center), Kunming, China. May 28-June 4 by WOCAN Trainers Barun Gurung and Kalpana Giri
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16
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...
May
17
Presentation of WOCAN’s Reframing Leadership for Gender Equality for Agriculture and NRM Course. A promotional video was presented to 25 organizations in Pretoria, South Africa, by members of WOCAN’s Training Team Sikhalazo Dube, Sefora Masia, Colletah Chitsike and the Executive Director, Jeannette Gurung.
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May
18
WOCAN Coordinator Sefora Masia is organizing the first meeting of the South Africa Women’s Leadership Circle to be held on May 18, 2012 in Pretoria. The Executive Director, Jeannette Gurung , women farmers, WOCAN members and government and non-government representatives will attend.
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May
22
WOCAN Core Team members Annabell Waitu and Wangu Mutua will convene a Women’s Leadership Circle Inception meeting on May 14 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Apr
17
WOCAN Core Team Trainers Phanlany Khamphoui and Abidah Setyowati will conduct a gender analysis with PACT Cambodia staff in the Oddar Meanchey Project.
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Apr
19
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Nepal Coordinator, will participate in the AWID International Forum, April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Dibya will share WOCAN's experience with Women's Leadership Circles in Nepal and elsewhere as a strategy for advocacy for food security in a panel with OXFAM on "Women Transforming the Food System and Advancing Their Rights: sharing practical...
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/.
Mar
28
WOCAN intern Asha Singh will be presenting on Gender and REDD+ at this CSW56 Learning Circle event of the GGCA. GGCA and NGO CSW Forum will co-convene this learning circle as an introduction to key gender and climate issues, building on the CSW56 theme of rural women. Specifically, this event seeks to introduce CSW56 delegates not necessarily familiar with gender and climate issues to its various...
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Addressing gender considerations in climate change adaptation and REDD+ efforts Cohosts IUCN, CIFOR While some work has already been conducted on the links between climate change adaptation and gender equality, recognition of gender aspects within a context of mitigation is still at an initial stage. Further work is necessary to raise awareness and acknowledgement of the relevance of linking...
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The guide explores what distinguishes transformative leadership from other forms of leadership, and how change differs from transformation. It also explains why transformative leadership is important for Oxfam, and what we are trying to achieve by promoting it. By exploring what transformative leadership for women’s rights means in practice, this guide demonstrates how we can apply it in...
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In programs: The W+ Standard
Apr
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The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singaporeand the Asia Society undertook the writing of this report, Rising to theTop? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia, which looks at publisheddata on gender equality and women’s leadership in Asia, develops apathway for thinking about women’s leadership, and draws conclusions with an eye toward the future...
Mar
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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
26
On 26-27 March, USAID LEAF Program, WOCAN & UNREDD organizes the Asia Pacific Workshop on Women’s Inclusion for Sustainable Forests and Climate: What works? in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mar
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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....
The USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF), in partnership with Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Nghe An conducted technical training on “Gender Integrated Planning in Climate Change/REDD+ (GIP)” in Vinh City, Nghe An Province, Vietnam.
The USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) program is working in collaboration with Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN) to facilitate this technical training on Gender Integrated Planning in Climate Change/REDD+. The materials used in this training come mainly from WOCAN's "Outline of Training Manual: Integrating Gender into Planning”...

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