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 30, 2018
Barun Gurung, Lead Trainer for WOCAN and Nisha Onta, Regional Coordinator for Asia conducted the gender and organizational analysis workshop for the staff of Forum Asia on 29-30 Jan in Bangkok. The 33 (14 men and 19 women) Forum Asia staff from Thailand, Jakarta, Geneva and Nepal participated in the two-day workshop where they went through basic gender concepts, conducted organizational and...
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January 21, 2018
Dibya Gurung, Core Associate for WOCAN, discussed the contribution and challenges of women participation in community forestry in Nepal, during the ‘Community Forestry Rights in Context of Federalism’ workshop organized by FECOFUN on 21 Jan in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dibya highlighted that community forest has provided various opportunities for women such as participation in...
November 15, 2017
The U.S. African Development Foundation invites proposals for grant financing and local support, from African enterprises, cooperatives, and producer groups with innovative solutions that extend their own capabilities to increase revenues, create jobs, improve farmer incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth. Maximum award US $250,000 Proposals will only be accepted from...
In programs: Membership Engagement
November 19, 2017
Jeannette discussed the W+ Standard during the panel discussion on gender impact measurement at the Gender Lens Investing in Asia workshop on 19 Nov in Bangkok, Thailand. The other panelists represented the Women's World Banking, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) and OXFAM. The panelists discussed various measurements tools...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 9, 2017
WOCAN facilitated theGender Integrated Planning workshop for Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) on 7-9 November 2017 in Pattaya, Thailand. A training team from Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) conducted the workshop. A total of 27 participants (16 women and 11 men) from five countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia...
November 9, 2017
This year, EVPA Annual Conference took place in Oslo on 9-10 Nov. The agenda included for the first time two sessions on gender lens investing. Maria Lee, WOCAN Assistant Director presented the W+ Standard in both sessions and explained how it could be used to measure investment’s impact on women’s empowerment and to unveil opportunities to enhance social and financial results....
In programs: Innovation Incubator
November 14, 2017
The People-Centered Accelerator was officially launched on Nov. 14th at COP 23 with Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of SEforALL, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. The Accelerator aims to enhance clean energy access for the poorest people, who will not be reached by business as usual approaches; by unlocking finance from private and public...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 14, 2017
After a decade of work from civil society and negotiations with Member States, countries adopted the first UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (GAP). The objective of the GAP is to advance women’s full, equal and meaningful participation and promote gender-responsive climate policies and actions. The Gender Action Plan identifies five priority areas: (1) capacity building, knowledge sharing and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
November 13, 2017
WOCAN co-hosted a side event at COP 23 in Bonn together with FairClimateFund and Solar Cookers Internationalon 13 Nov. This was an opportunity for the three organizations to show case how they are bridging climate solutions and women’s empowerment. Maria Lee WOCAN Assistant Director, introduced the event with a short movie showing the W+ application to a Nepal biogas project which...
In programs: The W+ Standard
October 11, 2017
A two-day workshop on Mainstreaming Gender in the Organization was organized by the Mekong River Commission Secretariat with partial funding support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) / the Embassy of Sweden on the 12 and 13October. A training team from Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) conducted the workshop....

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Mar
14
WOCAN is co-sponsoring this parallel event withAction Aid-Nairobi, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, International Land Coalition, GROOTS Kenya, Landesa and Rights and Resources Initiative on 14 March, 2:30-4:00 PM at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York. The land tenure rights of rural women and girls often go overlooked, yet securing land tenure rights for...
Feb
20
WOCAN will support UNDP to facilitate the workshop, ‘Strategic Planning Dialogue on Gender and Climate Change’ on 20 Feb in Bangkok. The objectives of the workshop are to : Bring all participants onto the same page with respect to understanding the importance of linking gender and climate change financing; Share experiences on gender-related approaches from participating...
Feb
12
Jeannette will be one of the panelists for the CSW62 side event organized by WWF, Conservation International, Sierra Club and IUCN on 12 March, 2:30 pm at the Armenian Convention Center in the Yerevan Hall in New York. The panelists will provide a multi-level framing of the issues around rural women’s need for and rights to natural resources such as land, water, and forest products,...
Nov
10
Session:Advancing the economic empowerment of women by Investing with a Gender Lens – Lessons learned and alliances built Friday November 10, 2017 11:15 – 12:45 Impact investors increasingly include gender lens as an attractive tool to provide social and financial returns. The level of involvement and experience within this field vary amongEVPA members. In this...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Sep
20
To celebrate the recently-announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN is hosting two panel sessions from 1pm to 3pm, on September 20th, at the Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY. Through WOCAN’s W+ Standard, community development and carbon projects can now add on credible, measurable women’s empowerment co-benefits, providing...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May
23
Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains| Date: May 23, 2:30 PM– 4:15 PM, Connections 1 Venue:Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 Chaired byAdam Smith International While significant advances have been made in integrating WEE into market system...
Jun
8
Agriculture is the cornerstone of many Asian economies with about 40% of the population depending on this sector for their livelihoods. Women involved in agriculture are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation. This session during the AVPN 2017 Conference will highlight approaches to Gender Lens Investing in Agriculture across several Asian countries. Jeannette will moderate...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Mar
21
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

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The focus of this paper is to establish whether these frameworks are in accordance with international and regional frameworks on climate change in addressing gender-specific impacts of climate change in the areas of climate-smart agriculture, food security, water, health, human rights and security. This paper, therefore, reviews climate change related policies and strategies in East Africa...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture is needed to meet global climate policy targets. A number of low-emission development (LED) options exist in agriculture, which globally emits 10–12% of GHG emissions. In paddy rice production, alternative wetting and drying (AWD) can reduce emissions by up to 48%. Co-benefits of AWD include lower water consumption, lower use of...
In programs: The W+ Standard
Mariculture was envisioned to contribute to poverty reduction by increasing employment opportunities and income in the area where it is situated. This paper assesses the participation in mariculture of local men and women in seven mariculture sites in the country, the roles they perform, and their willingness to be involved in mariculture operation. Results show that only 24 % of the 785...
Forest and trees play multiple roles in the landscapes and climate context, by serving a climate mitigation function as carbon sinks, through regulating water, sustaining agriculture and providing livelihoods and energy resources for women and men. Sustainable forest management projects with an explicit gender lens can help reduce women’s vulnerability by enhancing their socio-economic...
This brief provides a framework and set ofrecommendations for enhancing gender equality andwomen’s rights in and through Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) initiatives. It presentskey considerations for gender-responsive FLR, drawingon lessons from the wider gender and natural resourcemanagement literature, ongoing and past restoration,and relevant...
This is a joint statement of GenderCC´s & LIFE´s on the outcomes of COP23. They actively participated through formal interventions in the plenaries, meetings with national delegations, policyrecommendations and public activities. They express their concernes about theabsence of human rights and gender equality in the negotiations on these implementation guidelines....
In programs: The W+ Standard
This brief publication is an effort toboth elevate and celebrate the role women are playing to meet the 2030 deadline and to makethe case for more women leaders to step forward and lead for the future we want. While wehave made significant progress in the participation of women in leadership roles in many partsof the world, there is much-unfinished business. The purpose of...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This report focuses on 45 countries where there are significant challenges in providing sustainable energy services to all, including access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. This report highlights 10 promising projects are examples of success; but to go beyond incremental improvement to wide-scale success, far bigger shifts are needed towards approaches that...
This IFAD policy brief emphasizes that food security and nutrition for all can only be accomplished under conditions of sustainable progress in ensuring the elimination of all forms of gender discrimination and full participation of rural women in all spheres of society – economic, social and political. The approaches to empowerment need to be society-wide and transformative, addressing the...
Any intervention in a village requires strong community support. This cannot be trained or tick marked, as it is not easily measurable. Underlying every community and household is constant change. Male out-migration changes women’s work load, their mobility and need to speak up for their family. However, their agency might be restricted by gendered norms. Social change, the change of norms...

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