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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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...
December 14, 2015
Excerpt from the article:"Are Women The Key To Solving Climate Change?" written by Lauren Zanolli forFastCompany. "’Adaptation’ is where everyone wants to put women," says Jeanette Gurung, Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). "At best women are associated with small-scale...
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December 8, 2015
IUCN Global Gender Office launched a new publication: Roots for the Future: The Landscape and Way Forward on Gender and Climate Change, during the Gender Day at COP21, which featured the application of W+ Standard in Indonesia as one of the case studies of gender-responsive initiative. The publication is acompilation of the latest information and evidence on gender and climate...
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December 8, 2015
By Jeannette Gurung, Published inOutreach- A multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development on Dec 8, Gender Day at COP21 Women’s agency and leadership play a critical and often unrecognised role in climate responses. This is reflected in their knowledge and practices in sustainable natural resources management, in responding to climate-related crises,...
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November 12, 2015
Jeannette Gurung was one of the speakers on 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 was the third event in the series of six FPC discussions and held on 4 November in the UK House of Parliament....
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November 12, 2015
Vera Weill-Hallie, Chair of WOCAN Board, was one of the speakers at the 42nd Committee on World Food Security (CFS) side event titled Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Gender — Evidence for Equitable, Food Secure and Sustainable Agriculture. The event was organized by the World Bank, GGCA, IFAD and FAO and was held on 12 October in Rome. The discussion focused on the lessons learned from...
November 26, 2015
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October 9, 2015
Jeannette Gurung, and WOCAN Board Members Lee West and Candice Eggerss, attended the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) from 6-9 Oct. in San Francisco. SOCAP is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.During the "Gender Lens Champions" breakfast session, Jackie VanderBrug of Criterion Institute, mentioned the W+ Standard as one of the...
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October 29, 2015
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October 16, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Climate Policy and Action to discuss the current status, identify good practices and practical approaches to the implementation of gender-related mandates and decisions in UNFCCC processes and mechanisms. The meeting was organized by theUN-Women, UN DESA and the UNFCCC secretariat from 14 - 16 Oct., in Bonn, Germany....

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WOCAN is organizing the Women's Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) on 19 June in Tshwane, South African. The participants are fromWomen Cooperatives and individual farmers of the City of Tshwane Municipality, City of Tshwane officials responsible for agriculture, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries representatives and representatives of major supemarkets. The...
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Jun
21
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...
Jun
16
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...
Jun
10
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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May
14
A new World Bank report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These constraints are not only fundamentally unjust but...
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May
15
On 15-17 May, Maria Lee, WOCAN Program Coordinator, will attend the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the forum are: Inform and capacitate civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and onthe opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes; Dialogue...
May
12
On 12 May, Jeannette will be speaking about WOCAN and the W+ Standard at a talk program organized by World Bank's Gender and Rural Development Thematic Group (GENRD)in Washington, DC, USA.The session is chaired by Eija Pehu,Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank and W+ Advisory Council Member. The discussants are Klas Sander, Senior Environmental Economist...
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May
19
On 19-23 May, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liason, will participatein the negotiations of the Draft 1 CFS Principles for Responsbile Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) in FAO, Rome.The principles that will be agreed on will be presented for adoption during the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2014.
May
13
On 13-15 May, Jeannette will be one of the discussant at the session on "Filling the Gaps- Early efforts to address the gender gap in REDD+ programming" during the Gender & REDD+ Technical Workshop in Washington, DC, organized by IUCN, USAID and in collaboration withWEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SES. The session is moderated byAndre Mershon (USAID), and the other...
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On 28-29 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, will participate in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) discussions on the Civil Society Maximum Document that will be part of the process of developing the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The CSM will take place preceding the CFS Open Ended Working Group meeting on RAI...

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