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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March 27, 2017
Early results of WOCAN’s Gender Assessment and Roadmap work in Nepal for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) were shared at the recent meeting of the FCPF Participants Committee at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from March 27-29. WOCAN Core Associate, Cecile Ndjebet, Executive Director of REFACOF, Cameroon, represents women within this Committee, which is the main decision-...
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February 20, 2017
The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open for public comment. After an initial period of utilization, the W+ Standard has been updated. The draft newversion of the W+ Standard is below: W+ Standard V 1.3 for Public Comment (PDF) (Word Doc) Underlined portions of the text are proposed additions. Strikethrough...
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January 28, 2017
WOCAN and REDD+ IC (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Implementation Centre) organized the inception meeting on 23 January in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were a total of 31 participants (21 women and 10 men) representing Forestry and REDD related Government Ministries and Departments, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society. The objective of the meeting was to share the background of...
January 20, 2017
The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok organized a workshop to launch the Gender Support Function on 19 Jan. WOCAN will be managing the Gender Support Function . Gender equality is a prioritized area for the strategy of Sweden’s regional development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific 2016-2021. The objective of the support function,which will be managed by WOCAN, is to improve the...
January 19, 2017
Maria Lee,Assistant Director and Regional Coordinator for Europe, joined the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on 15-19 January. This global forum brings together leaders, policy makers and investors to address the challenges of renewable energy and sustainable development. On the 17th of January, the Masdar WiSER (Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy) Initiative...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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....
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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...
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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
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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
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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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This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of theimplementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in theContext of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed tosupport gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of...
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This report highlights that with a “gender lens” approach to energy access programs, the millions of dollars flowing to energy access initiatives around theglobe can have a greater impact on women’s empowerment.The purpose ofthis report is to reach a common understanding of this linkage and to establish a framework that takes this intoaccount. With such a...
Manipadma Jena highlights in this article thatwomen's secure tenure rights lead to several positive development outcomes for them and their families, including resilience to climate change shocks, economic productivity, foodsecurity, health, and education. She highlights thatclimate change is ushering in new population dynamics. As men’s outmigrationcfrom indigenous...
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This Briefing Paper explores the key human rights and environmental and social principles set forth in the preamble of the Paris Agreement, including the linkages to existing international obligations, and how these principles can be integrated into four key elements of the Paris Rule Book: Nationally Determined Contributions, Adaptation Communications, the Transparency Framework, and the Global...
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This is the second report of the UNHigh-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and stresses that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid. The Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. Some...
Oxfam asserts that effective economic empowerment for women occurs when womenenjoy their rights to control and benefit from resources, assets, income and their owntime, and when they have the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status andwellbeing. However, for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) to translate into meaningfulempowerment, women must also...
This Oxfam's Women’s Empowerment Indexsupports effortsto rigorously assess, demonstrate and learn about the impact of development interventions that areworking towards women’s empowerment. The Index was designed to establish causality when integrated within impact evaluation designs, while also providinga numerical value for empowerment that could be...
This UNwomen publication aims to build knowledge on women’s representation in national delegations to meetings ofthe United Nations and of other international organizations’ governing bodies and their leadership roles inthese meetings. It is based in part on responses to a questionnaire sent in October 2016 to members of theUnited Nations Governing Bodies Secretariat...
This UNDP policy brief argues that the agency of ruralfemale farmers is essential for enhancing agricultural productivity and realizing theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ensuring food security (SDG 2)and addressing the perils of climate change (SDG 13). Despite significant strides inaddressing gender inequalities over the years, rural women are still among...
The paper seeks to examine the relationship between unpaid care work and paid work thatwomen in low-income households in Nepal perform, and whether and if so how they are ableto maintain a balance between the two. It also examines the causes and consequences ofthe double burden on the physical and emotional well-being of women and their children.Further, the paper aims to...
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