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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August 20, 2015
Liz Allen, a W+ auditor from the Social Auditor Network of the U.K., shared her experience of verifying the application of the W+ Time method to the Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme (IDPB) implemented by HIVOS during her visit to the site with WOCAN Core Associate Abidah Setyowati in the Lombok Tengah District . "For three of the women to whom we spoke, the low-tech biogas units had...
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September 10, 2015
Gertrude Kenyagi Kabusimbi, founder of Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN) and WOCAN member was awarded the 2015 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champions' Award at the XIV World Forest Congress. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to raise awareness of the key role forests play in...
August 4, 2015
Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with support from WOCAN organized a meeting of the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) members with the Governor of theNyandarua Countyand County Assembly Clerk in Kenya on 27 July. There were 31 WLCAN members representing the three women’s groups: Mukiri Tene Women Group, Gathara-Mwihoko...
August 19, 2015
The IFPRI-led Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) program has launched a new website which has easy-to-use tools for viewing, comparing, and downloading key agricultural R&D information. These new tools can be used to: rank and compare the status and direction of agricultural research investment and capacity across countries in Africa south of the Sahara, West Asia...
August 14, 2015
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July 22, 2015
The W+ Standard measured time savings generated by the Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme (IDPB) for 4500 women in two selected provinces: East Java and West Nusa Tenggara. The IDBP is implemented by Hivos, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Hivos has assisted more than 13,000 households to install...
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July 29, 2015
Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN organized the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) at Nyandarua County in Kenya on 17 July. The objectives of the forum To strengthen women farmers organizing and capacity to engage with the county governments and other professionals on issues of interests to them To enhance...
July 15, 2015
Jeannette Gurung attended the tenth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund which was held from 6 to 9 July in Songdo, Republic of Korea. She joined Liane Schalatek of The Heinrich Boell Foundation and other civil society representatives to observe the Board’s discussions on projects and programs.The Board also discussed growing the Fund’s network of accredited entities,...
July 6, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, shared publications by WOCAN and our partners onGender and Climate Change at the information booth during the Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy. The Forum was organized by the Asian Institute of Technology in collaboration with the French Ministry of...
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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Mar
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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On 5-7 March, trainings on “Gender-Integrated Planning for Strengthening Local Organizational Capacity” will be rolled out in Killinochchi Provinces in Sri Lanka for the IFAD project on Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Farmers’ Producer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Region. The training will be conducted by Mr. W.H.A.S. Dinatissa, Gender/Social...
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On 25-27 Feb, trainings on “Gender-Integrated Planning for Strengthening Local Organizational Capacity” will be rolled out in Moneragala Provinces in Sri Lanka for the IFAD project on Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Farmers’ Producer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Region. The training will be conducted by Mr. D.J.A.K.Wijeratne, former staff of Dry Zone...
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On 1-3 March, trainings on “Gender-Integrated Planning for Strengthening Local Organizational Capacity” will be rolled Ministry of Agriculture Staff in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka for the IFAD project on Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Farmers’ Producer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Region.The training will be conducted by Mr. D.J.A.K.Wijeratne, former...
Feb
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On 24-26 Feb, Margaret Bruce, WOCAN Consultant, will be attending the Climate Leadership Conference in California, USA. The Climate Leadership Conference is your annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community convene to share energy and climate...
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On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will attend the Working SessiononGender and Climate Change: Programme Development for South East Asia organized by UN Women in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the session is todiscuss the status of work on gender and climate change so that UN Women can identify the implementation gaps...

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