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, 2014
WOCAN was invited to attend the IUCN Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Gender Advisory Panel Special Meeting for IUCN Commission Members on 27 Aug in Bangkok, Thailand. The main objective of the meeting was to provide comments and feedback on the MFF Strategic Framework for Gender Equality Integration and the Gender Action Plan. The session was chaired and facilitated by Aban Marker Kabraji,...
August 21, 2014
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August 29, 2014
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, facilitated a workshop to develop Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy for The Himalayan Grassroots Women's Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal from 19-23 August in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were 22 participants (20 women and two men) who were HIMAWANTI’s program staff and representatives from HIMAWANT’s...
July 28, 2014
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July 28, 2014
Jeannette Gurung attended the International Coffee Conference ‘Climate and Coffee: The Heat is on!’ hosted by HIVOS on the 3rd of July. Coffee producers, civil society organizations, certifiers, financial institutions and the coffee industry gathered in Amsterdam to discuss climate change impacts in coffee producing countries and the challenges at farm level to adapt to it. The...
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August 12, 2014
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The purpose of this one day seminar isto draw attention to the issues of gender in the forestry sector in Cambodia, with a specific focus on community forestry and REDD+.Speakers will present on progress towards implementing national level policies as well as share experience and lessons learned from fieldwork recently undertaken by Pact and WOCAN staff.Guests will...
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Wocan organized the inception meeting for WLC in South Africa on 28 May, 2012.The major purpose of this meeting was to convene a small team to for a brainstorming session on how the Women’s Leadership Circles could be established in South Africa.
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WOCAN has recently completed curriculum development workshop on May 14-18, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand that was attended by some of WOCAN’s Core Associate Trainers of Asia. The workshop was a part of IFAD supported project “Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Farmer Producer Organizations in the Asia/Pacific Region.” The main goal of the workshop was to develop...
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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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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...
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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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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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WOCAN Core Team members Annabell Waitu and Wangu Mutua will convene a Women’s Leadership Circle Inception meeting on May 14 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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