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,

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:

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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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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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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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....
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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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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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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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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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