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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, presented the W+ Standard during the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on 'Challenges and opportunities towards rural women's empowerment Agrarian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculture and food systems held on 7-8 July in Bangkok. The objectives of the workshop were to foster...
July 2, 2015
Domestic public finance In 2013, UN Women supported 65 countries to strengthen gender equality priorities in their national, sectorial and local development plans and budgets. In 24 countries, national planning documents incorporated priorities and budgets on gender equality and women’s empowerment [1]. At the national level, resources allocated to address gender equality...
June 19, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, attended the consultation meeting on ‘Building a Platform for the Promotion of Women’s Rights and Women Participation in Governance in Thailand’ organized by the Foundation for Women in collaboration with USAID Sapan Program on 18 July in Bangkok. The objectives of the meeting were to share the findings of the assessment...
June 2, 2015
A just and gender-responsive climate agreement can take different forms, but fundamentally it will; respect and promote human rights and gender equality: ensure sustainable development and environmental integrity; require fair, equitable, ambitious and binding mitigation commitments in line with the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR); call for urgent and prioritized...
May 29, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator attend the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2015: “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific” held on 21-22 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was convened by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)...
May 29, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, attended the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific as one of the observers in 19-20 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The forum was organized by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and it was attended by over 180 participants, including 137 high-level representatives of delegations from 33 countries. The meeting included sessions on: the post-...
May 26, 2015
Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator attended the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development held on 16-18 May in Bangkok, Thailand. This forum was convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific...
March 10, 2015
Kanchan Lama (WOCAN Board Member), Cecile Njebet (Executive Director of REFACOF and WOCAN Core Associates), Abidah Setyowati (WOCAN Core Associate) and Gertrud Kenyangi (Director of SWAGEN and WOCAN Member) participated in the “Sustainable Forest Management: Designing the Vehicles for Securing the Means of Implementation” workshop organized from 2-5 March in Kathmandu, Nepal. In...
December 15, 2014
“Time to Stop Calling and Start Doing. Leaders, You Have 12 Months to get it Right.” [Lima, Peru;Sunday, 14 December]As COP20 comes to a close, the members of theUNFCCC’s Women and Gender Constituency,representing hundreds of thousands of women and men from around the world, respond to the failure of the Lima outcome to reflect the urgency of the...

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May
13
On 13-15 May, Jeannette will be one of the discussant at the session on "Filling the Gaps- Early efforts to address the gender gap in REDD+ programming" during the Gender & REDD+ Technical Workshop in Washington, DC, organized by IUCN, USAID and in collaboration withWEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SES. The session is moderated byAndre Mershon (USAID), and the other...
Apr
27
On 28-29 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, will participate in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) discussions on the Civil Society Maximum Document that will be part of the process of developing the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The CSM will take place preceding the CFS Open Ended Working Group meeting on RAI...
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
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
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...
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
7
On 7 March, WOCAN will attend theexpert dialogue on : “Equality for Women is Progress for All: a Reflection on the Millennium Development Goals and a Post-2015 Development Framework, Towards the Achievement of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific”, organized by UN Women incommemoration of International Women’s Day 2014 in...
Mar
16
On 16-19 March, Jeannette will be attending thefield dialogue on Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests (4Fs) in Indonesia, hosted by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in partnership withthe Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Daemeter and the University of Palangkaraya (UNPAK).TFD’s initiative on 4Fs aims to bridge the gap among forest, agriculture and other land use...
Jan
30
On 30 Jan, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will attend the Working SessiononGender and Climate Change: Programme Development for South East Asia organized by UN Women in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the session is todiscuss the status of work on gender and climate change so that UN Women can identify the implementation gaps...

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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...
This is the report of the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) organized byUN Women, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN DESA), and the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC secretariat) from 14 – 16 October 2015, in Bonn, Germany. The EGM brought together representatives from existing climate finance and...
The World Bank Group's new Gender Strategy delineates the support that the Bank Group will provide to client countries and companies to achieve greater gender equality as a key pathway toward lasting poverty reduction and shared security and prosperity. This strategy builds on past achievements and raises the bar on gender equality by focusing on how the Bank Group can move beyond...
The objective of this paper is to identifyeffective ways to integrate and mainstreamgender equality into climate, energyand environment–related policies andprogrammes, learning from experienceson the ground in the Eastern and SouthernAfrica (ESA) region; and then propose ideasfor further work and research. Throughout,women are viewed not only...
Despite increasing evidence that households do not always function as one, policies regarding land and property rights are often formulated at the household level, assuming the primary adult male is the landowner. Because land policy reform has typically focused on changing household, rather than individual, rights to land, many of the data are collected at the household rather than the...
This learning brief synthesises lessons drawn from CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP), which has been supporting vulnerable communities in sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate change since 2010. It is based on evidence and practical experience in implementing community based adaptation (CBA), about gender dynamics and the ways in which CBA can increase...
The IUCN Global Gender Office has developed new Environment and Gender Index (EGI) datasets in preparation of UNFCCC COP21. EGI Brief: Gender & Mitigation Actions-Key data on gender in mitigation initiatives, a gender assessment of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCS), and gender trends in nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAS) and low-emission...
TheGlobal Gender Gap Index presented in this Report seeksto measure one important aspect of gender equality: therelative gaps between women and men across four keyareas: health, education, economy and politics. The Indexpoints to potential role models by revealing those countriesthat—within their region or income group—are leaders in...

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