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.

January 4, 2016
This W+ pilot project, "Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas in Nepal", measured the time saved for 7200 rural Nepalese women who replaced their wood generated stoves with those generated by biogas, relieving them of the need to collect fuel wood from the forest and saved 2.2 hours per day. Watch the video below for more info: For more detail info...
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September 30, 2015
The W+ Team, Jeannette Gurung, Liz Allen and Barun Gurung and members of Social Audit Network (SAN) met on 21- 24 September in Liverpool, UK to develop the W+ Auditor training course.
In programs: The W+ Standard
September 29, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, attended the Feminist Forum and United Nations Sustainable Development Summit from 21st to 28th September, 2015 in New York, USA. The Women’s Major Group hosted the Feminist Forum on September 24, the day before the Post-2015 Summit. Feminists and women’s rights activists came together to discuss, debate, motivate and inspire each other with ideas...
September 23, 2015
Article published on RIO+ Sustainable Development Centre on the Sustainable Development Centre’s website titled “Countdown day 13 – SDG 5: Gender equality”, highlighted the W+ Standard as one of the mechanism that can be applied to achieve gender equality. The article emphasizes that gender equality is more than promotion of empowerment and providing access to credit or...
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
Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 Presents a Bold Vision for Women and Girls Advocates Gear Up for Work to Come UNITED NATIONS—The Women’s Major Group, made up of more than 600 women’s organizations and networks from around the world, recognizes the historic agenda for global sustainable development that 193 governments agreed to on Sunday. At the center of this broad...
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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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Jun
9
On 9-10 July, Jeannette will be attending thePolicy Advisory Committee of the FAO Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture" in Rome, Italy.The role of the members of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is to advise the project on identifying innovative policy-relevant issues, allowing for a supportive and enabling policy framework for ecosystem services...
Jun
30
On 30 June to 1 July, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liason in Rome, will attend thethe eleventh conference "Policies against Hunger" which will take place at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.The conference will seek to contribute to promoting the “Principles for responsible agricultural investments”, due to be adopted by the Committee on World Food Security Plenary in...
Apr
29
Root Capital invites you for a webinar on April 29 at 1:30 PM EST.The webinar will provide a sneak peek of Root Capital’s soon-to-be-released issue brief:Applying a gender lens to agriculture: Farmers, leaders, and hidden influencers.The issue brief lays out Root Capital’s experience applyinga gender lens to its core work of providing loans and financial...
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Apr
9
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, is the discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" during the UN Gender Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) joint thematic debate/forum on partnerships, held in United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The primary objective of the joint event is...
Apr
22
On 22 April, Jeannette will attend the conference,WOMEN LEADERS AND THE NEW ASIAN CENTURY: Insights from the Government, Private Sector, and Non-Profits, organized by Microsoft Thailand and Oxfam in Bangkok, Thailand.This event is part of a series of conversations with leaders across sectors from Asia. The objective is to learn from experienced practitioners, draw lessons and exchange...
Apr
24
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...
Apr
4
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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The aim of this brief is to explain how to take into account the gender gap in agriculture in the development of site-specific CSA-sensitive practices, such as those described in other briefs in this series, through the adoption of a gender-responsive approach.This approach means that the particular needs, priorities, and realities of men and women need to be recognized and...
This report found that women in Asian countries are disproportionately concentrated in the lowest-paid jobs and informal work, lack access to benefits, and shoulder roughly 2.5 times the amount of unpaid domestic and care work as men. The report argues that efforts to address the deep, structural gender inequalities that lead to discrimination and violence against women — whose roles are...
Rapidly falling renewable technology costs and new business models mean thatdecentralized energy solutions hold great promise to accelerate universal sustainable energy access.Across developing countries, women are typically the primary household energy managers. Close totheir customers, women entrepreneurs have the potential to lower customer acquisition and servicing...
In this General Recommendation (GR), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)clarifies State obligations to ensure the rights of rural women, with a focus on article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“the Convention”) which recognizes the unique situation of rural women and highlights specific...
This report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) consolidatesexisting academic and policyresearch around climate resilience, water security, andgender (see Box 1), and presents new evidence fromMalawi and Ethiopia. Researchers used primary and secondaryevidence to explain how women and men in rural areasare differently affected by water insecurity....
The 2015-2020 Gender Plan of Action is part of a continuing response to global commitments that follows the recommendations of Parties to recognize the relevance of gender considerations to the achievement of the Convention's objectives. The Plan's four strategic objectives are to: (1) mainstream a gender perspective into the work of Parties and the Secretariat to implement the Convention...
This research is the first scholarly assessment of its kind to understand how innovations have improved women’s well-being, empowered women and advanced gender equality. International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). examinedeight catalytic innovations in three domains that intersect areas with the greatest need andmost creative entry points for realizing women’s...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Land statistics disaggregated by sex are useful for showcasing the disparities in land rights between women and men. They also provide a sense of women’s economic empowerment in agriculture. Unfortunately, land statistics are not always used properly. This infographic tries tounderstand and interpret better the different land statistics available in FAO’s Gender and Land Rights...
This working paper synthesizes knowledge within CGIAR on adaptation measures inagricultural systems, for the benefit of parties and observers preparing submissions to theUNFCCC SBSTA. Experience from CGIAR and partners indicate that adaptation measurescovering policy, technological, financial, institutional, and research interventions are beingtested and applied in...

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