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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2014
UNESCAP, in collaboration with civil society partners, convened the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok on 15-17 May, as a preparatory event for the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) scheduled on 19-21 May. The Forum brought together civil society organizations from different sectors and countries to explore common ground and actions, to...
May 30, 2014
Jeannette attended the Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange organized by IUCN and USAID in collaboration with WEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SESin Washington DC from 13-15 May 2014, along with about 45 others from around the world. The objective of the event was to increase the understanding of gender considerations relevant to REDD+ through exchange of on the ground examples from...
May 27, 2014
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, joined the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) preparatory meeting on 17-18 May and the negotiation of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) from 19 to 24 May. The 6-day negotiations worked intensively on the 6 Principle out of 10, also the Roles, Responsibilities, and Application Section still needs to be discussed...
November 15, 2013
On Oct, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kitale and Kitui County, Kenya. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the leadership role of women farmers in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in the face of a changing climate. The two day meeting...
October 4, 2013
On Sept, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN, organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kenya. One was in Nyandarua County on 2 -3 Sept, with 24 participants (20 women and 4 men) from Tulaga, Kinja and Gathara Wards and the other in Nakuru County on 12 -13 of Sept, with 21 participants (19 women and 2 men)...
May 20, 2014
On 19 May, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with support from WOCAN organized the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) meeting in Gathara, Nyandarua County, Kenya. There were 17 participants (15 women and 2 men) from, Mukiri Tene Women Group, Midhill Self Help Group, Gathara Mwihoko Women Group and Kinyahwe Group. The meeting was facilitated by Elijah Kimani...
May 15, 2014
On 14 May, World Bank hosted the discussion on thenew report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, which distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These...
April 15, 2014
The Green Climate Fund has approved WOCAN as an observer organization, allowing WOCAN to attend meetings of the Board. As an observer WOCAN will sharing research and materials, coordinating priorities and providing technical support and background information to GCF Board members, alternatives and their advisors. In particular, WOCAN will present its W+ Standard as a results-based finance...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, attended the 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The CBA8 brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, I attended the8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. I attended various panels/discussions and actively engaged with other GGCA members participating at the conference. GGCA members developed a Resource Guide for Gender in CBA8, which included key messages and...

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Mar
8
How women can be empowered in the fight against climate change As the response to climate change is scaled up across the three core pillars of government, business and international action, women need to be empowered to play a more active and effective role. Women are found in key leadership roles in business, politics, education and family and can use that leadership to mobilize climate action...
Mar
8
Join Agrilinks #AskAg Twitter Chat on International Women’s Day, March 8, to discuss "Not Only About Women" in gender for agriculture. Panel of expert tweeters will discuss gender integration for agriculture and food security, including how to incorporate gender-based violence (this year’s IWD theme), engage men and boys, and best practices in gender analysis. This twitter...
Mar
5
This Africa-focused dialogue will generate a dynamic discourse among policy makers and development experts in Central and West Africa on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of land deals or concessions in Africa--particularly on former forest land and woodland, or with land with conflicting community or customary rights over it. The dialogue is co-organized by the Central African...
Feb
20
Did you watch the interactive session of theThe Global Meeting of Women's Leadership Circles being held in Nairobi, Kenya on Feb 18th?We had a great session online and offline! Come join us again for theLast Day of the Live Streaming of The Global Meeting of the WLC on Feb 20th, 8:00am Nairobilocal time GMT/UTC + 03:00 hour. The meeting will...
Feb
27
On 27 February to 1 March, Mark Blackden, WOCAN Board Member, and Margaret Bruce, WOCAN Consultant,will be attending the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington DC. WOCAN is using this opportunity to introduce the Women’s Carbon Standard (WCS) to leaders in the U.S. climate policy and program implementation community. WOCAN’s representatives will be meeting with...
Feb
11
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison Officer in Rome,will attend the First Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum organized by IFADand partners, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), in Rome on 11-12 February, 2013. The objective of the forum isto improve the accountability and development effectiveness of IFAD's programmes, consult on rural...
Dec
5
WEDNESDAY, DEC 5 13:15 – 14:45 - Side Event Rm 4 Change we can believe in: Countries making a difference through gender-responsive climate change frameworks (@iucn; @iucn_gender) Showcasing innovative gender-responsive climate change frameworks developed through multi-stakeholder processes in 11 countries and regions around the world. Participants...
Dec
3
WOCAN will be represented as an observer at the 145th Session of the Council, FAO’s governing body, to be held in Rome, 3-7 December 2012. Maris Gavino, WOCAN liaison in Rome, will attend the session. The Council, consisting of 49 member governments, will discuss policies and important matters for decision by the supreme governing body, the Conference. One such matter to be...
Jan
8
Lamia Fattal, Washington DC Liaison officer, will participate at the event organized by USAID titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Gender Integration and Women's Empowerment at USAID”. The event is chaired by Ambassador Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administratior and other speakers are Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator For Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment...

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This report tells thestory of how six different agencies are integratingand mainstreaming gender into policies, programs, and procedures. Each story provides insight into the differentapproaches the organization has taken, the challengesthat were encountered, and what their most valuablelessons learned have been thus far. Many thanks toACDI/VOCA, Catholic...
Combining suggestions from UN Women, IFAD, UNEP, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network(SDSN), this paper propose the following land indicator to monitor land rights in the next 15 years. This indicator isfundamental and should be prioritized, as it provides the most basic information on this subject. It is based on whathas been proposed by SDSN and consistent with...
“Community Resilience at Scale: Grassroots Women Demonstrating Successful Practices” showcases four resilience-building practices designed and implemented by grassroots women in Kenya, Nicaragua, Honduras,and India through GROOTS Kenya, Unión de Cooperativas de Mujeres Las Brumas, Wagucha and Swayam Shikshan Prayog. Leveraging support from Huairou Commission’s...
In August 2014, nearly 100 grassroots leaders and representatives from environmental and women’s funds gathered for an international Summit on Women and Climate Change, hosted by Global Greengrants Fund, the International Network of Women’s Funds and the Alliance of Funds. Lessons and case studies from this initiative is captured in this report with the intention to seed...
This short position paper details the Women’s Major Group vision and priorities - including themes, goals, targets and indicators – for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the wider post- 2015 development agenda and the growing role of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). It forms part of the European Commission-­‐funded programme “Post 2 Post: Enhancing...
This report was developed as a part of the regional initiative, ‘Mainstreaming gender into forest policies of developing Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) member countries,’ funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP). The report tries to understand how gender perspectives are being integrated in...
The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute, provides a flexible and affordable framework approach for countries to rapidly identify and analyse forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level. Importantly, ROAM can provide vital support to...
This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Overview Report makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. Showcasing effective and promising existing strategies, the report...
By Mary Galvin Abstract This Perspective draws together and reflects on primary research conducted by the author over the past decade regardingthe barriers to ‘real’ participation of community members and the obstacles to their holding officials and politicians accountablefor the delivery of rural water and sanitation services in South Africa. It argues that...

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