The Policy Advocacy Program is based on analysis of persistent gaps in policy and practice, and the identification of creative practices and successful innovations to overcome inequitable gender relations that create barriers for women. A team of member advocacy experts lead WOCAN's engagement in key global, regional and national processes. They share and disseminate implementation strategies and recommendations that fully integrate women into agricultural development and natural resource management processes. This team is linked with to the Secretariat and Regional Offices, and will directly engage with the Women's Leadership Circles for Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) to train and coach women leaders of producer groups/associations and organizations to strengthen their capabilities to advocate within their organizations and in national/regional/global forums.

Women’s Leadership Circles for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WLCAN)

WLCAN is a national level platform to develop women’s leadership, promote regular dialogue between women policy makers/professionals and women farmers/leaders/ entrepreneurs, and to create new spaces for women farmer’s voices to be heard at policy levels. There are regular WLCAN meetings organized in Nepal, South Africa and Kenya, and WOCAN members of Maldives are also planning to organize WLCAN meetings. For more information please check the prezi below and/or download the Guidelines of WLCAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
July 11, 2017
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, was the lead discussant for the SDG2 Thematic Session, during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. Meena urged the identification of emergent challenges in rapid urbanization. She emphasized that transformative change in food and agriculture is necessary to eradicating poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This means moving...
July 24, 2017
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board of Member, responded to the online discussion, led by FAO with IFAD, UNWomen and WFP. The main objective of this online discussion is to highlight critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women. Kanchan emphasized the need to support women farmers’ association, help them manage federations; provide...
May 30, 2017
Jeannette Gurung, presented the key findings and recommendation from the assessment of the gender integration in the REDD+ and Emission Reduction Program in Nepal, during the workshop on 30 May in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was chaired by Sindhu P Dhungana, Director of REDD IC, who gave the welcome remarks. Haddy Sey, Senior Social Development Expert at World Bank Group and Dr Pem narayan...
May 23, 2017
Jeannette presented the W+ Standard during the session on “Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains” during the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, convened by SEEP on 23 May in Bangkok. Jeannette presented that the W+ Standard can incentivize agribusinesses to change practices, to contribute to upgrading...
April 24, 2017
A team of WOCAN, REDD Implementation Center and HIMAWANTI staff conducted Focus Group Discussions in 6 Terai Districts (Nawalparasi, Bara, Bardiya, Kailali, Dang and Kapilvastu) and 1 Hill District (Dolakha) in Nepal. The FGD is part of the gender assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Emission Reduction (ER) programs. This analysis will include examining the...
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 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...
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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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,...
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...
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...
Dec
7
Gender and Climate Finance COP21 side event Monday, December 7th, 10:00-11:30, IUCN Pavilion- Blue Zone Gender equality and women’s empowerment are pathways to achieving greater progress in better development outcomes, including reducing greenhouse gases and building resilience for climate change impacts. Climate finance is a critical element of the climate...
Dec
8
From Global Commitments to Local Action:National Approaches to Mitigating Climate Changeand Advancing Gender Equality A high-level UNFCCC COP21 side event On the occasion of Gender Day Tuesday, December 8th 16:45-18:15 Blue Zone; Room OR 01 Paris, France Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government of Liberiain collaboration with the...
Dec
4
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate, Maria Lee will be attending the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris from 4-11 Dec. Jeannette will be on the panel of various side events highlighting the W+ Standard as a mechanism that can be applied by projects to measure the results related to women’s...
Dec
5
Jeannette Gurung will be participating in the Global Landscapes Forum organized by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 5-6 Dec in Paris, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21. Priority issues to be addressed in the 2015 Forum include: Tracking support for the restoration of degraded lands worldwide while developing a better understanding of the role of landscapes...
Oct
12
Vera P. Weill-Halle, WOCAN Board Chairperson, is one of the panelist for the CFS side event on“Climate-smart agriculture and gender – evidence for equitable, food secure and sustainable agriculture” on12 October from 12:30 to 14:00in the Iraq Room, Building A, 2nd floor at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Vera will be sharing some regional experiences on CSA and...

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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 paper provides a brief synthesis of research conducted on gender in irrigation, and the toolsand frameworks used in the past to promote improvement for women in on-farm agriculturalwater management. It then presents results from the pilot of the Gender in Irrigation Learning andImprovement Tool (GILIT) in locations in Malawi and Uzbekistan in 2015. Through the results of...
This case study analyses and compares the roleof women and men in two production systemsdominated by rice–rice (double cropping) and rice–shrimp. It assesses the gender division of labour, timeuse and work burden, and reviews the access to andadoption of labour-saving technologies and services.The research draws attention to the importanceof making...
Across many parts of Indonesia, investment in oil palm has brought accelerated forms ofland acquisition and market engagement for communities, signalling far-reachingimplications for equity and well-being of current and future generations. This paperuses a conjunctural feminist political ecology approach to explore gendered andgenerational engagements with oil palm in...
From January through May, 2017, WOCAN was contracted by the Forest Carbon PartnershipFacility of the World Bank to conduct a gender assessment at the district and communitylevel within the Emissions Reduction Program area to provide baseline information on thevarious social, economic and political conditions that women face in the forest sector, and to identify opportunities...
This review has been undertaken in the context of preparation of a concept note for the Kenyadairy NAMA. Biogas promotion is one of the project components. Mitigation actions shouldaim to achieve greater, more effective, sustainable, and equitable climate change results,outcomes and impacts; ensure that women and men have equal opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from...
This Action Piece outlines the key ingredients needed to support gender equality and inclusion in water resourcesmanagement and sectoral water uses (including WASH), and provides recommendations on how to draw on these keyingredients. It is based on a literature review, interviews with 14 global experts, and a high-level workshop with 25experts in the water management sector....
In the attempt to explicate the nuances on theinterlinkages between climate change and women’shealth, this brief aims to present the limited scientificinformation available as well as information fromARROW’s partners on how women’s health is affectedby climate change. It also focuses on the right to health,particularly for women and girls in...
The Center for Economic and Social rights and UNWomen paper focuses mainly on mechanisms and venues that have the greatestpotential to strengthen the responsibility and answerability of policy makers andwhere their actions and decisions can be assessed against women’s rights andgender equality standards, and on mechanisms which can bolster accountabilityto the SDGs...

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