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 8, 2016
International Women’s Day provides chance to reflect on what we have achieved and are planning to achieve for women. This March 8, I would like to introduce a regular note to share thoughts and updates on our work at WOCAN, particularly with the development of the W+ Program. This month began with an inspiring video and note from Melinda Gates on what she sees as a key constraint...
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Sunitha Bishan, WOCAN Core Associate, was on the panel discussing, ‘Balancing Work-Life in a Raging Climate’ during the ASEAN Work-Life Balance conference held from 23-25 Feb in Malaysia. Sunitha reflected on her experience as a government delegate at the COP21 which was held in Dec 2015 in Paris. She also presented the W+ Standard as a social innovation to support women's...
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Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, discussed ‘Gender and SDGs’ at the National Consultation on “Taking the Sustainable Development and Climate Agenda Post 2015” held on 21 Feb in Pune, India. The objective of the consultation was to discuss what lies ahead for the climate and development agenda in 2016 and beyond. The Consultation explored how best to engage with the...
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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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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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Nisha Onta, WOCAN Knowledge Mangement Coordinator will be attending theThe Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2014 Partnership Forum on 23 -24 June in Jamaica. The Forum is co-hosted with the Inter-American Development Bank, will bring together stakeholders from across the CIF community to learn and share lessons emerging from the CIF on how to foster partnerships and attract investment to...
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Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Coordinator, is facilitating one of the four themes titled, “Tenure, Governance & Policy”, at the Sixth National Community Forestry Workshop - "Community Forestry for Sustainable Development and Prosperity" organized by Department of Forests, Community Forestry Division, MoFSC from 16-18 June in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme includes sessions on...
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IFAD's Gender Desk and Environment and Climate Division (ECD) is hosting a talk with Dr Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) and Annina Lubbock to discusse the W+ Standard and the relevance and opportunities for IFAD.
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