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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February 21, 2016
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar in preparation for the CSW 60th session: “Transformative financing for the achievement of the gender equality by 2030” held from 18 to 19 Feb in UNCC Bangkok. This inter-governmental Seminar was organized in ESCAP, in partnership with UNDP and UNWomen. The seminar started with the overview of...
January 13, 2016
The African Women’s Network for Community management of Forests (REFACOF) with the support from WOCAN organized the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) at Akonolinga on 29 October and at Edéa on 26 November. The objectives of WLCAN were to: Share information on the results of the study “An Appraisal of Women's Rights concerns through a Gender...
January 28, 2016
The WOCAN Board meeting was held from 27-29 January in San Francisco, California, USA. The members of the WOCAN Board of Directors areKaren Frost, Lee West, Kanchan Lama, Mary Mbura Njenga, Kimberly Ann Easson, Chris Grieve, Candice Eggerss and Jeannette Gurung.
January 7, 2016
Jeannette Gurung and Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, met with Tomo Hamakawa, Director of Strategic Initiatives andAnna Boranova, Senior Analyst of Kopernik, on 3 Dec in Bali, Indonesiato learn more about each organization's work. Kopernik distributes low-cost technologies to recipients in less-developed countries. Their donors fund the upfront costs of introducing technologies...
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December 9, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the workshop on Facilitating Inclusive Financial Markets held on 2 Dec in Bangkok. The workshop was organized by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and discussed the principles of undertaking a market systems approach for financial inclusion projects. The objective of the workshop was for the...
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December 16, 2015
WOCAN has received a grant from theAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to apply the W+ Standard to measure the impacts of two UNCDF (UN Capital Development Fund) investments under its SHIFT Programme for Financial Inclusion, and to provide evidence to encourage other private sector investments and policy reform to focus on women. These two projects will be...
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December 17, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the first ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) meeting from 14-16 Dec, 2015 in Bali. The meeting was organized by Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand; Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture and ASEAN-German Program on Response to Climate Change in Agriculture...
January 6, 2016
WOCAN Celebrated the 10 year Anniversary with 10 reflections Watch Jeannette Gurung Reflect on the Establishment, Achievements and Evolution of WOCAN WOCAN Organized the COP21 Side Event on Gender and Climate Finance Jeannette Interviewed for...
December 8, 2015
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 agreement, but which climate finance mechanisms exist that are ‘truly’ gender-responsive and inclusive for women in its...
December 11, 2015
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associates, Maria Lee, Annabelle Waititu,Wangu Muthia and Sunitha Bisan attended the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris. WOCAN organized a side event to discuss Gender and Climate Finance on Dec 7to share perspectives of investors on the benefits of investing in...

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WOCAN has developed a unique certification label, the W+ Standard, that endorses projects which creates 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+ creates metrics...
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Jeannette will be attending the USAID Gender Lens Impact Investing forum in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-13 March 2015, to discuss how to accelerate gender lens investing in Asia. USAID will present findings from recent field visits in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, but more importantly, use the time to define and shape the direction of gender...
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WOCAN Board meeting will be held on 23-24 April 2015 in California, USA.
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Jeannette will be attending the 9th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board in Songdo, Republic of Korea on 24-26 March 2015. The provisional agenda includes accreditation, proposal approval process and investment framework and cross-cutting matters such as the gender policy and action plan, Private Sector Facility and initial risk management framework. WOCAN is a accredited civil sociery...
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Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend thehigh level panel discussion on ‘Achieving Broader Access to Energy through Clean Cooking and Lighting– Challenges and Innovative Financing Modalities in the context of Nepal’ organized bySNV Netherlands Development Organization, Clean Energy Development Bank and Scott Wilson Nepal.Honorable Prof. Dr. Govinda...
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Jeannette Gurung will attend the three day working session to review theRestoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)and to provide concrete suggestion. The event is organized by IUCN and being held from 16-18 February in Washington DC, USA.
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IFAD's Thematic Group (TG) on Gender bids farewell to two of its most active members who will retire at the end of January: Cheryl Morden (Deputy Director, Office of Partnership and Resource Mobilization & Chief, North American Liaison Office) and Rosemary Vargas-Lundius (Senior Researcher,Strategy and Knowledge Department). Promoting gender equality and...
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Jeannette Gurung will present the W+ Standard and the pilot project in Nepal “Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas in Nepal” during the Breakfast with Biruwa organized by Biruwa Ventures on 21 January, in Kathmandu, Nepal. "Breakfast at Biruwa" is an informal networking and knowledge sharing event among Biruwa team members and invited guests. Biruwa Ventures...
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Barun Gurung, WOCAN Leader Trainer and Jeannette Gurung is conductingReframing Leadership for Women and Men for Gender Equality Trainingfor The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) project staff on 19-23 January 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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