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 6, 2015
Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, shared publications by WOCAN and our partners onGender and Climate Change at the information booth during the Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy. The Forum was organized by the Asian Institute of Technology in collaboration with the French Ministry of...
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...

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Jun
16
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Coordinator, is facilitating one of the four themes titled, “Tenure, Governance & Policy”, at the Sixth National Community Forestry Workshop - "Community Forestry for Sustainable Development and Prosperity" organized by Department of Forests, Community Forestry Division, MoFSC from 16-18 June in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme includes sessions on...
May
15
On 15-17 May, Maria Lee, WOCAN Program Coordinator, will attend the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the forum are: Inform and capacitate civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and onthe opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes; Dialogue...
May
19
On 19-23 May, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liason, will participatein the negotiations of the Draft 1 CFS Principles for Responsbile Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) in FAO, Rome.The principles that will be agreed on will be presented for adoption during the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2014.
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-...

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It is important for women leaders, especially those in forest-dependent communities, to be aware of discussions and decisions on climate change, especially REDD+, and participate in the discussions and decision-making processes. This guide is therefore intended to inform, sensitize and educate community leaders - especially women- on REDD+ and relatedinitiatives as well as address...
To improve access to land and resources for women farmers in Uttar Pradesh (UP),one of its focus states, Oxfam India conducted a study along withGorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) in 2006.The studyaimed to understand whether government schemes actuallyreached and benefitted women farmers. The study showed only6 per cent women owned land, 2 per cent had...
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...
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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