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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August 11, 2016
Kalpana Giri, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, were the panelists for the session on ‘Integrating gender considerations into climate change and disaster risk reduction strategies for fishing communities’ during the Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture held on 10 Aug in Bangkok. The objective of the...
June 28, 2016
The consultation workshop took place on 24 June which focused on understanding what the gender-specific impacts of clean cooking and heating are and how these can be monitored and measured. The discussion built on the work recently started by the Gold Standard (GS) on methodologies to monitor and verify gender co-benefits of ECCH. The purpose of this discussion was to share the thinking and...
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June 30, 2016
Jeannette attended the thirteenth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Korea, as an Observer. The Board approved 9 projects from its existing accredited entities, for a total amount of USD 256.6 million. These include both adaptation and mitigation proposals in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Of particular interest to WOCAN was the fact that Board members paid attention...
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June 8, 2016
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, awarded the Celebrating Womenhood Annapurna Award 2016 in Nepal in recognition for dedicating her skills and knowledge to the development of Nepali society through education and environmental programs. The award was part of the Navadevi Samman Karyakram (New goddess award program), organized by the SSY group in association with Kantipur Publication....
June 21, 2016
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, attended the Oslo REDD Exchange on 14-15 June. Watch Dibya’s intervention during the session on ‘Lessons from place-based initiatives: Finance, tenure, gender, and linkages to national programs’. She asked the panelist if the research on benefit sharing and participation have any linkages with national programs. She expressed her...
June 22, 2016
In addition to the Time Domain and Income and Assets Domain, Project Developers wishing to apply the W+ Standard can now also do so to measure changes in women’s leadership skills. The method is now available online on the W+ website. W+ Leadership Method
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May 13, 2016
The section for development cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok annually hosts a thematic workshop for the regional cooperation partners and the focus this year was Urgency in Action- Understanding Human Behavior and Ensuring Human Rights and Gender Equality in the Response to Climate Change. Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the workshop from 10-11 May in Bangkok...
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May 18, 2016
In addition to the Time Domain, Project Developers wishing to apply the W+ Standard can now also do so to measure changes in women’s income and assets. The method is now available online on the W+ website. W+ Income/Assets Method
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May 17, 2016
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the Breakout Session on Showcasing Subscribers in ISEAL’s Community at the Global Sustainability Standards Conference, organized by ISEAL Alliance on 12 May in Washington DC. The session showcased various standards systems working across a diverse range of sectors and sustainability issues. Over 250 sustainability leaders and experts from business...
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May 16, 2016
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, shared the capacity building activities of WOCAN and discussed opportunities for collaborations with the participants of the ‘Meeting on Enhanced Cooperation – Asia-Pacific Forests and Climate Change Capacity Development’, organized by RECOFTC on 12 May in Bangkok. The meeting served as a platform to share experiences on the...

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Oct
12
Vera P. Weill-Halle, WOCAN Board Chairperson, is one of the panelist for the CFS side event on“Climate-smart agriculture and gender – evidence for equitable, food secure and sustainable agriculture” on12 October from 12:30 to 14:00in the Iraq Room, Building A, 2nd floor at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Vera will be sharing some regional experiences on CSA and...
Nov
4
Jeannette Gurung will be joining the roundtable discussion on ‘Investing in women's economic resilience and social wellbeing : Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa’ organized by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), supported by Nestle. This is the third event in the series of six FPC discussions and its being held on 4 November in the UK House of Parliament....
Nov
2
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development which will be held in Singapore on 2 - 4 November 2015. The Forum’s agenda is aligned with two major global events; the UN COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris which aim to produce a global treaty on reducing emissions and slowing global warming and the United Nations launched post 2015...
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Oct
16
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, is one of the panelists on the session titled “Drylands Women in the Face of Social Change and the Pursuit of Environmental Resilience” during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification COP12 being held in Anakara, Turkey from on 12-23 October. The objective of the session is to highlight women’s strategic role in building resilient...
Sep
7
WOCAN, the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), African Forum on Forest (AFF) is organizing a side event titled “Women leading forest management in the tropic: cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America” during the XIV World Forestry Congress on 7 September in Durban, South Africa.
Oct
7
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will be participating in the CSR Asia Summit 2015: Strategic Value Creation being held from 7-8 October, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The focus of this year’s summit is on sustainable business strategies which bring shared value to business, community and society. Businesses are interested in ways that they can leverage more value through CSR and...
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Aug
25
Jeannette will be on the panel 'Including all Voices: Gender and Safeguardsis' during the two-day regional symposium titled “Shared solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region” organized by the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) program on 25-26 August in Bangkok. The objective of the panel is to position gender in discussions on...
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Jul
13
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend theThird International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) which will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant...
Oct
6
SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is a world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. The annual flagship event in San Francisco is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. They take a unique approach that emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze unexpected yet impactful...
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Jun
18
Nisha Onta will participate in the consultation meeting on Building a Platform for the promotion of women’s rights and women participation in Governance in Thailand organized by the Foundation for Women in collaboration with USAID Sapan Program on 18 July in Bangkok. The meeting derives from the recommendations from Ms. Francessca Binda, the International Specialist who...

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