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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July 10, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, presented the W+ Standard during the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on 'Challenges and opportunities towards rural women's empowerment Agrarian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculture and food systems held on 7-8 July in Bangkok. The objectives of the workshop were to foster...
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June 19, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the consultation meeting on ‘Building a Platform for the Promotion of Women’s Rights and Women Participation in Governance in Thailand’ organized by the Foundation for Women in collaboration with USAID Sapan Program on 18 July in Bangkok. The objectives of the meeting were to share the findings of the assessment...
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June 12, 2015
Manuel Cocco, Principal, Climate Policy at South Pole Group, presented the W+ Standard at the UNFCCC in-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer, on 9 June in Bonn, Germany. Manual presented the W+ Standard as an example of how results-based finance can help in mainstreaming gender into development and climate...
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Jeannette Gurung presented the W+ Standard at the“Partnering for Sustainability: Scaling Partnerships for Scaled Impact” workshop, organized byAsia Clean InnovationsandPublic Affairs Asia’s Sharing Value Asia initiative, held from 11 to 12 June in Bangkok. This workshop was designed to collectively assemble business leaders, Civil Society...
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On 24-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, will attend the8th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change, in Kathmandu, Nepal. CBA8 aims to: • Bring together different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of CBA financing, planning and best practice • Enhance the capacity of the most vulnerable groups and people, improve...
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On 4 April, Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Nepal Cooridator, will facilitate the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Learning Alliance Workshop organized with IFAD Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal. The objectives of the workshopare to share the leanings of IFAD/WOCAN grant project "Capacity Building for Women's Leadership in Farmer Producer Organizations in the Asia and the Pacific Region...
Mar
26
On 26-27 March, USAID LEAF Program, WOCAN & UNREDD organizes the Asia Pacific Workshop on Women’s Inclusion for Sustainable Forests and Climate: What works? in Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop is part of the Joint Initiative between WOCAN, LEAF and UN-REDD established to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion and gender perspectives in REDD+ in the Asia-...
Mar
24
On 24 March, Jeannette will attend the Center for Sustainable RuralDevelopment's(SRD)Annual Donor Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. The objective of the meeting isto facilitate interaction and sharing between SRD and its donors, inorder to strengthen the trust and long term strategic partnership. SRDis a leading Vietnamese non-government organization; supporting poor...
Mar
6
On 6 March 2pm GMT, WOCAN will join the#AskElders: Twitter Q&A on women's rights.To mark International Women’s Day 2014, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani and Desmond Tutu will answer questions in The Elders’ first ever live Twitter chat.We have seen huge progress towards gender equality in the Elders’ lifetimes; yet there is no country where women and men...
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8
On March 7,10:45 am EST/3:45 pm GMT, WOCAN will join the exclusive Google+ Hangout on women leaders driving social change. The speakers are: Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation; Christy Turlington, Founder, Every Mother Counts. Please joing and ask your questions via #IWDleaders on Twitter, or use the...
Mar
7
On 7 March, WOCAN will attend theexpert dialogue on : “Equality for Women is Progress for All: a Reflection on the Millennium Development Goals and a Post-2015 Development Framework, Towards the Achievement of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific”, organized by UN Women incommemoration of International Women’s Day 2014 in...
Mar
16
On 16-19 March, Jeannette will be attending thefield dialogue on Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests (4Fs) in Indonesia, hosted by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in partnership withthe Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Daemeter and the University of Palangkaraya (UNPAK).TFD’s initiative on 4Fs aims to bridge the gap among forest, agriculture and other land use...

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