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 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...
April 30, 2014
On 27-28 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, participated in the Civil Society Mechanism's (CSM) meeting prior to the CFS Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on RAI . The CSM discussed Draft 1 (an expansion of the Draft 0) of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The Mechanism developed a point by point analysis of Draft 1 and wrote a...
April 22, 2014
Jeannette Gurung has accepted the invitation to serve on the Policy Advisory Committee for The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture". The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of incentives for ecosystem services provided by agriculture. In the first phase, the project compiled...
April 15, 2014
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, was a discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" at 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 to...
March 28, 2014
On 26-27 March, USAID LEAF Program, WOCAN & UNREDD organized 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-...
March 17, 2014
On March 13, Sefora Masia, WOCAN South Africa Coordinator, organized the WLCAN meeting in Tshwane, South Africa. There were 52 participants, 50 participants were women farmers from various parts of Tshwane Region. The other two were municipality representatives from the Gender Unit and from the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Waste Management.Dr Lipalesa Motjope, WOCAN Member,...
March 14, 2014
Those of you reading this are most likely familiar with WOCAN and its commitment to empowering women all over the world to be leaders in agriculture and natural resource management in their community and countries. Before my experience interning with WOCAN, my understanding of how a global non-profit functions and how it impacts international development issues was weak at best. I feel that the...
March 10, 2014
On 4-6 March, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, discussed the role of women and young farmers in family farming as a panelist during the Global Forum and Exposition on Family Farming (GFEFF) in Budapest, Hungary. The Forum was organized jointly by the Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary and FAO. Maris presented the best practices of the WLCAN (Women Leadership Circles in...
March 7, 2014
On 7 March, Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, Hannah Oblock and Morgan Anderson, WOCAN Interns, attended the UN Women’s “Equality for Women Is Progress for All” International Women’s Day event earlier this morning at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. Introductory remarks were presented from Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director of the...
February 17, 2014
On 11-12Feb, Maria Lee, WOCAN Consultant, participated in theAsia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation for the 20-Year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, organized by UN Women and UNESCAP.The objective of the Consultation was to provide a forum for civil society working in support of...

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Dec
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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...
Nov
27
Nov 27 - UNFCCC COP18 Gender Day Starting at 1pm Launch of the COP 17 / CMP 7 Presidency Legacy publication Thuto Ya Batho Women and Climate Change. The publication is an initiative of the COP 17 President, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa. It focuses on women’s critical role in building resilience to climate change and aims to inspire to action to unlock the...
Nov
4
Nisha Onta from WOCAN will be participating at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Civil Society Observers (CSO) Forum in Istanbul on Nov. 4, 2012. There would be two sessions: Session one: Efficiency of the CIFs – what have we learned thus far? The objective of the morning session is to capitalise on lessons from the CIF stakeholder engagement process....
Nov
6
Jeannette Gururng and Nisha Onta from WOCAN will participate at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 6-7 November. WOCAN is one of the sponsored participants selected by the CIFcivil society organization (CSO) observer committee. Jeannette will also be on the panel for the session on "Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance", on...
Oct
17
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend the side event organized by the CSOs on agro-ecology on 17 October 2012. The side event is organized to complement the policy roundtable that will discuss the HLPE (High Level Panel of Experts) Report to the 39th session of Committee on World Food Security (CFS), in Rome, from 15-20 October 2012, on Food Security and Climate Change. ...
Aug
18
Sub-national level Gender and Climate Change consultation and screening of the film on Gender and & Climate Change will take place inBiratnagar, Nepal on 19thAugust, 2012. This is jointly organized by WOCAN and Himalayan Climate Initiatives.
Jul
26
The purpose of this one day seminar isto draw attention to the issues of gender in the forestry sector in Cambodia, with a specific focus on community forestry and REDD+.Speakers will present on progress towards implementing national level policies as well as share experience and lessons learned from fieldwork recently undertaken by Pact and WOCAN staff.Guests will...
Sep
22
WOCAN is organizing the scoping dialogue in partnership with The Forest Dialogue onWomen'sExclusion and Inclusion in Forest Sectorin Kathmandu, NepalonSeptember 22-24, 2012. Gender inequalities are increasingly viewed as a weak link in the effective design and implementation of interventions aimed to reduce negative impacts of human activities on forests...

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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...
This policy brief highlightshow sensitivity to access to specific assets and constraintsexperienced by women (in particular local contexts) can helprealize their potential of becoming important actors in adaptinglocal food production to climatic stress. Citation: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 2014. Promoting productive gendered spaces for adapting...
This film directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by CDKN, follows rural Indian women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing...
As UN member states begin their discussions on the post 2015 sustainable development framework on January 19th 2015, Landesa and its partners want to continue efforts to ensure that land rights for women and men is explicitly included in the post 2015 development goals, targets, and indicators. This video makes the case for why it is vital to retain secure land rights for women and men under...

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