Technical Support

To achieve our purpose, we provide technical support to generate new knowledge through analysis of specific issues and pilot projects to inform policy and program development, to ultimately enhance the abilities of women farmers/entrepreneurs to meet their practical needs related to food security, energy and sustainable development, while addressing their strategic interests for empowerment and balanced gender relations. WOCAN also acts as an ‘incubator’ of new field-tested ideas that support its mission, through innovative ideas that may serve to increase women’s assets and transform gender relations.

February 20, 2017
The W+ StandardVersion 1.3 is now open for public comment. After an initial period of utilization, the W+ Standard has been updated. The draft newversion of the W+ Standard is below: W+ Standard V 1.3 for Public Comment (PDF) (Word Doc) Underlined portions of the text are proposed additions. Strikethrough...
In programs: The W+ Standard
January 28, 2017
WOCAN and REDD+ IC (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Implementation Centre) organized the inception meeting on 23 January in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were a total of 31 participants (21 women and 10 men) representing Forestry and REDD related Government Ministries and Departments, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society. The objective of the meeting was to share the background of...
January 20, 2017
The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok organized a workshop to launch the Gender Support Function on 19 Jan. WOCAN will be managing the Gender Support Function . Gender equality is a prioritized area for the strategy of Sweden’s regional development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific 2016-2021. The objective of the support function,which will be managed by WOCAN, is to improve the...
January 19, 2017
Maria Lee,Assistant Director and Regional Coordinator for Europe, joined the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on 15-19 January. This global forum brings together leaders, policy makers and investors to address the challenges of renewable energy and sustainable development. On the 17th of January, the Masdar WiSER (Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy) Initiative...
In programs: The W+ Standard
January 2, 2017
Looking back at 2016 brings a sense of pride and accomplishment for all that WOCAN has achieved over the years. It was a year of recognition for these years of effort, as we were selected to receive the Momentum for Change Women for Results award of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This award was given for the development of the W+ Standard and its application to a renewable energy...
December 21, 2016
Maria Lee, Assistant Director and Regional Coordinator for Europe, visited the Khalladi Acwa Power project in the region of Tanger-Tetouan in Morocco, on 20-21 Dec. The mission included three consultations with local communities, a visit of the wind project site and exchanges with the project team. As part of its corporate social responsibility strategy, the Khalladi Acwa Power...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 23, 2016
Jeannette was one of the panelists during the Responsible Business Forums' workshop on SDG 5 Gender Equality on 23 November in Singapore. The workshop was facilitated by Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UN Women. The other panelists were: Pablo Largacha, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications Asia Pacific, Coca-Cola, Emmeline L. Verzosa,...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 22, 2016
There is currently a growing interest for companies and organizations to proclaim their goals and targets for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many of these are doing so in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Others understand the link gender equality and women’s inclusion...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 4, 2016
WOCAN, in collaboration with AKIN Asia organized a panel discussion on ‘Women In Environment’ on 2 November in Bangkok. The panelists were Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit, Chairperson of Green World Foundation; Madeleine Recknagel, Lecturer at the International Tourism Management department at Bangkok University; Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director of the Sustainable Development...

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This is the annual workshop for the partner organizations of the Swedish Development Cooperation inAsia and the Pacific region. The purpose of this workshop is to provide opportunity for participants to get to know eachother’s work, beyond lessons learned – in order to co-create and strategize for mutually beneficialcollaboration to deliver on the Sustainable...
In programs: Membership Engagement
Nov
16
UNFCCC is organizing a series of special events from 12-17 November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22), to celebrate the 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities with inspiring videos, photography, roundtable discussions, an exhibition space and an evening award ceremony. The W+ Standard's pilot project in Nepal is one of the winners for the Momentum...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Nov
22
Click here toRegister There is currently a momentum for companies and organizations to proclaim their goals and targets for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Many of these are doing so in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Others understand the link of gender equality and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
16
WOCAN invites other Bay Area leaders supporting women’s empowerment and the integration of gender equality in climate change, food security and poverty elimination projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America to learn more about our programs, and discuss areas of common interest with WOCAN’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. WOCAN...
Jun
28
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the 13th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board being help from 28-30 June at GCF Headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. WOCAN is one of the GCF CSO Observers. Constituency meetings, as well as meetings of Board committees, panels and groups are planned on Sunday 26 June 2016, and Informal Consultations by Co-Chairs with Board members, alternate...
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Sep
4
WOCAN will participate in the “Enhancing Gender Equality in Global Environmental Financing” workshop organized by the IUCN GEF Unit, which is being held during the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 4 Sept in Hawaii. This workshop will focus on financing for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (including CBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC), showcasing experiences and best practices on gender...
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Jun
14
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate will be attending theOslo REDD Exchange 2016 from 14-15 June being held in Oslo. This year Oslo REDD Exchange will bring together close to 500 REDD+ policy makers and practitioners. The conference is an exchange of perspectives, experiences and forward-looking ideas. The conference will present results from REDD+, with the aim of promoting...
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Apr
25
Abidah Setyowati, WOCAN Core Associate, will be discussing “Empowering Women in Agriculture” during the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2016 on 26 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The will explore innovative and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability across key commodity value chains. Global leaders will gather...
Feb
24
Jeannette Gurung will be discussing the importance of empowering women in agriculture and exploring partnerships for sustainable development. This panel discussion is organized for Syngenta’s regional Corporate and Public Affairs team. The aim of this session is to develop a stronger understanding of how Syngenta can empower women and to explore opportunities of partnerships. Other...
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This fact sheet developed by FAO presents an overview of current gender equalityand women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. Women’sengagement in fisheries can be viewed from social, political andtechnical perspectives, all of which show that the role of women is oftenunderestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions...
This literature review by USAID Feed the Future Initiative aims to fill the knowledge gap by examining approaches to empower women or increase their incomes in four phases of the value chain outside of production: input and service provision, post-harvest handling, processing, and the marketing of agricultural goods. While some of the women who are beneficiaries of the strategies discussed in...
The potential economic and development gains from gender equality are vast and well-documented and yet they are currently being bypassed. This joint report by BNY Mellon and the United Nations Foundation explores the market potential of advancing gender equality. The report highlights thatBridging the global gender gap will require leadership and investment by the public and private sectors...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, primarily because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. But women are also taking a leadership role in innovating and implementing climate change solutions. This video...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Drawing on surveys and interviews with experts and practitioners from the co-operative, labour and women’s movements, this report sets forth a preliminary review of the interface between the co-operative movement, women’s empowerment and gender equality. The findings suggest that various manifestations of gender equity have been achieved across the co-operative movement, and that the...
Towards gender equality in Vietnam: Making inclusive growth work for women is an ambitious effort to lookat Vietnam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statisticalpicture of selected economic sectors, the analysis highlights the unequal distribution of productive resourcesacross different groups of women and men, persisting gender...
WOCAN’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan intends to not only respond to changes and challenges, but to lead the way in offering new models and award-winning approaches to harness our new realities in service to our mission.Over the next five years, we will assess our highest impact programs and target those for organizational focus, establish them to be best in class, and create multiple entry...
FAO recognizes the potential of rural women and men in achieving food security and nutrition and is committed to overcoming gender inequality, in line with the pledge to “leave no one behind”, which is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. The publication illustrates the consistent and sustained work of FAO towards gender equality and women...
UNFCCC Momentum for Change 2016 from WOCAN-Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM
In programs: The W+ Standard
This Info Note examines the state of gender responsiveness of fourteen agriculture, climate change and natural resource management policy documents and strategy plans in Tanzania. Some of their policies and strategies still remain gender blind with insufficient consideration of gender in policy documents, coupled this with limited enforcement of the policies that were drafted as gender sensitive...
In programs: The W+ Standard

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