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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 9, 2014
The UN-REDD Program newsletter featured the REDD+ Stakeholdermeeting organized as part of a Joint Regional Initiative started a year ago by the UN-REDD Programme, USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) to help guide countries in the region on the importance of integrating gender...
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...

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2
On 2 May, 2013 Jeannette will be speaking at the keynote session of theASEAN-FAO–GIZ-SDC Regional Expert Forum on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Bangkok, Thailand. The Regional Forumis being organized to support the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Securityand provide an opportunity for ASEAN...
Apr
22
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison to UN Food Agencies in Rome, will attend the 146th Session of the FAO Council, the 49-member group that deals with FAO governance. It will be held in Rome from 22 to 26 April 2013. The FAO Council, inter alia, recommends to the supreme body, the Conference, the biennial budget and the policies and programs of the Organization. Maris will follow, in...
Apr
22
WOCAN as a member of the"Women" Major Group will be participating at theThe Asian and Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting on Rio +20 Outcomes(RIM) on 22-24 April, atUNCC, Bangkok, Thailand.The RIMon Rio + 20 Outcomes will discuss regional perspectives on global processes resulting from Rio+20 such as the establishment of a High Level Political...
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...

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Most governments have expressed a commitment to gender equality goals but there are often inconsistencies between policy statements and the ways in which public finances are raised and spent. Most governments have also expressed a commitment to greater transparency and accountability. Participation and consultation in the formulation of a country’s budget is still often limited, however, so...
This UN Women’s flagship report, shows that, all too often, women’s economic and social rights are held back, because they are forced to fit into a ‘man’s world’. But, it is possible to move beyond the status quo, to picture a world where economies are built with women’s rights at their heart. It is being published as the international community comes...
The achievement of substantive equality is understood as having four dimensions: redressing disadvantage; countering stigma, prejudice, humiliation and violence; transforming social and institutional structures; and facilitating political participation and social inclusion. The paper shows that, although not articulated in this way, these dimensions are clearly visible in the application by the...
This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World reporttakes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationallyestablished Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World FoodSummit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done,as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable DevelopmentAgenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990...
"This paper on the concept of equality as enshrined in the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discriminationagainst Women (CEDAW) has been commissioned by UN Women to provide a resource for the Associationof Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-governmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR). While underthe ASEAN Charter an ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection...
© 2015 CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).CCAFS Working Paper no. 79 "These results suggest that many factors are involved in the adoption of CSA practices,including norms of cooperation and trust, social and economic factors, attitudes andorientation of individuals, and access to a variety of information types. Some of...
"There is an increasing need and demand for more information to support engagement in REDD+ amongall stakeholder groups. Although the information and guidance related to REDD+ has expanded asawareness and research has ramped up, there are still limited resources that present an overview of theskills and expertise required for a range of REDD+ issues. The Knowledge and...
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...

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