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.

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...
November 17, 2016
Jeannette was interviewed by the Swiss Radio SRF 4 "Trend” program to discuss the role of women in climate politics and present the W+ Standard, which measures specifically how much women benefit from climate projects. Listen to the full interview: [Language Swiss] http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/trend/label-energie-stadt-der-neue-schweizer-export-renner
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 15, 2016
Jeannette Gurung, presented the W+ Standard and discussed the need for recognition for women’s critical for solutions of climate change, during the UNFCCC’s Solution Hour discussion on 15 Nov in Marrakesh, Morocco. The other panelists were Leslie Dodson of Women-Led Fog Harvesting, Joel Conkling of Project Sunroof, Magnus Borelius of Gothenburg Green Bonds and Supriya Prasannan ...
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November 14, 2016
The Green Climate Fund and other climate related funds are beginning to require reporting of gender impacts of their investments, while corporations and financial institutions are increasingly interested in addressing women’s empowerment needs and SDG targets. WOCAN organized the side event during UNFCCC’s COP22 on 17 November in Marrakesh to discuss how new standards are making it...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 15, 2016
This special event showcased how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide. The event is divided into two segments. The first is a high - level panel discussion that will explore how gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical when addressing climate change and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The second segment demonstrated on-the-ground...
In programs: The W+ Standard
October 20, 2016
Maria Lee, WOCAN Core Associate Europe, participated in the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Conference “Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda” in Stockholm on 19-20 October. The conference jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute brought together policy makers and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
September 29, 2016
TheMomentum for Changeinitiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. Today’s announcement is part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement....
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September 7, 2016
This article was originally published on Responsible Business and is republished with permission. ------------------ 1) What challenges drove you to become an advocate of women’s empowerment and especially focusing on agriculture? It was personal. As a student of forestry and environmental studies, I realized not only how few women were in those...
In programs: The W+ Standard

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Jeannette Gurung will participate in the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on 'Challenges and opportunities towards rural women's empowerment Agratian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculuture and food systems being held on 7-8 July 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the workshop are to foster exchange of knowledge...
Jun
8
Manuel Cocco, Principal, Strategy Development, South Pole Group will present the W+ Standard on “Session IV: Enhancing gender-responsiveness in mitigation action and technology development and transfer- challenges and opportunities” during the in-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer, held on 8-9...
Jun
2
Jeannette Gurung is speaking on the session titled "How can women grab opportunities in agriculture?" during theAustralia Mekong NGO Engagement Platform (AMNEP) Forum on Inclusive Business- Mekong Women in Agricultural Value Chains. The Forum is jointly organized by the Australian Embassy and CSR Asia on 2-3 June in Bangkok, Thailand. The session will concentrate on how to...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May
7
Jeannette will be presenting the findings of the Joint Initiative among WOCAN, LEAF and UN-REDD on Gender and REDD+ at the Regional UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Exchange among Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and Leaders held on 7 – 8 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the joint initiative was to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion and...
Apr
29
Jeannette is attending the"Women and Enterprises: Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns” conference oranized by theUN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and National Bank of Cambodia in cooperation with the Australian Government. The conference is being held inPhnom Penh, Cambodiafrom 29-30 April 2015. This conference, aims to provide a...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Jun
11
Jeannette will be attending the “Partnering for Sustainability: Scaling Partnerships for Scaled Impact” workshop, which will be held in Bangkok from 11 to 12 June 2015 organized by theAsia Clean InnovationsandPublic Affairs Asia’s Sharing Value Asia initiative. This workshop is designed to collectively assemble business leaders, Civil Society Organizations (...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Apr
28
Annabell Waititu, Executive Director of IEWM and WOCAN Core Associate, will present the W+ Standard at the ‘Rural Women Technology Upscaling’ organized by UN Women at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre from 28 April - 2 May in Bellagio, Italy. The conference will offer an opportunity for the Technology Upscaling Group to meet for the first time to review the Sharefair technologies and...
May
27
Jeannette Gurung will attend the regional workshop organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, which will explore the development of meaningful partnerships and relations between businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs) and government, through highlighting the linkages between environmental sustainability, human rights and gender equality. An important point of departure for the workshop...
Apr
2
WOCAN has developed a unique certification label, the W+ Standard, that endorses projects which creates 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+ creates metrics...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Mar
11
Jeannette will be attending the USAID Gender Lens Impact Investing forum in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-13 March 2015, to discuss how to accelerate gender lens investing in Asia. USAID will present findings from recent field visits in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, but more importantly, use the time to define and shape the direction of gender...
In programs: The W+ Standard

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Oxfam asserts that effective economic empowerment for women occurs when womenenjoy their rights to control and benefit from resources, assets, income and their owntime, and when they have the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status andwellbeing. However, for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) to translate into meaningfulempowerment, women must also...
This Oxfam's Women’s Empowerment Indexsupports effortsto rigorously assess, demonstrate and learn about the impact of development interventions that areworking towards women’s empowerment. The Index was designed to establish causality when integrated within impact evaluation designs, while also providinga numerical value for empowerment that could be...
This UNwomen publication aims to build knowledge on women’s representation in national delegations to meetings ofthe United Nations and of other international organizations’ governing bodies and their leadership roles inthese meetings. It is based in part on responses to a questionnaire sent in October 2016 to members of theUnited Nations Governing Bodies Secretariat...
This UNDP policy brief argues that the agency of ruralfemale farmers is essential for enhancing agricultural productivity and realizing theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ensuring food security (SDG 2)and addressing the perils of climate change (SDG 13). Despite significant strides inaddressing gender inequalities over the years, rural women are still among...
The paper seeks to examine the relationship between unpaid care work and paid work thatwomen in low-income households in Nepal perform, and whether and if so how they are ableto maintain a balance between the two. It also examines the causes and consequences ofthe double burden on the physical and emotional well-being of women and their children.Further, the paper aims to...
In programs: Membership Engagement
This Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) report provides an unprecedented assessment of the status ofdeveloping countries’ legal frameworks regarding women’s community land rights, and whether states aremeeting their obligations under national and international laws. It also provides a baseline with which tomeasure global progress and report against the Sustainable...
This guide is developedto support Oxfam country programmes as they redouble efforts to tackle the severe inequalitiesthat are holding back progress in developing countries. This guide was built in response torequests from staff in the Horn of East and Central Africa Region (HECA) who wanted to have astronger and shared understanding of the most important drivers of...
This paper argues that closing the gender gap in land and other productive resources canprovide a “triple dividend” of gender equality, food security and climate management, therebyoffering a cost-effective approach to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper proposes a three-step methodology to assist policy-makers indeveloping countries in...
This UNDP policy brief presents argument that gender-responsive climate finance is more effective and Climate finance could catalyse women’s empowerment. Italso addressing the ‘implementation gap’ – towards a meaningful gender mainstreaming in climate funds. The brief recommends that: Climate finance funds and mechanisms must be attuned to the needs of...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This BSR(Business for Social Responsibility) Guidance was developed to address this weakness in codes of conduct by offering a gender-sensitive analysis of codes of conduct principles—with a primary focus on women—and making recommendations on how companies can strengthen their clauses to promote gender equality in the workplace, with a specific focus on developing and emerging...

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