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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...
February 12, 2014
On 3 Feb, Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, presented WOCAN's programs and projects at the "Conserving and restoring forests, oceans, ecosystems through recognizing the rights, needs and roles of women and their communities", side event during the Eighth Session of General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in New York, USA. The event was co-...

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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...
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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....
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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...
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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. ...
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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.
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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...
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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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Women’s Leadership in a Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contributions with Abidah Setyowati, Cecile Ndjebet, Meena Bilgi, Jeannette Gurung and Ministry of Forest, Indonesia Evidence from Indonesia, Cameroon and India presented in the panel demonstrates that empowering women as resource managers and entrepreneurs presents a powerful strategy that can be used to address both local and...
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WOCAN is one of the organizing members of the Women Major Group. It will be sending a delegation to Brazil. More information can be found at http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/.

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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...
The report includes highlights of the various sessions and group discussions, as well as participant priorities for collaboration under the Asia LEDS Partnership in 2015. Example priority work areas suggested for further assessment include: Tools for assessing economic growth and employment benefits of LEDS; Training on developing and financing low emission land use plans in the AFOLU...
The infographic describes the links between food security, gender and climate change. It gives the analytical framework of the Gender and climate change research in agriculture and food security for rural development (FAO and CCAFS 2012, second edition 2013), available at:www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3385e/i3385e.pdf Related linkshttp://www.fao.org/climatechange/micca/gender;...
Farming First and The United NationsFood and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)have jointly launched a new interactive infographic entitled “The Female Face of Farming”. The infographic is a striking visual representation of the statistics that underlie the urgent need to invest in rural women.You can view the full infographic at:www.farmingfirst.org/women
WOCAN in collaboration withRECOFTC- The Center for People and Forestshas developed an infographic to highlight the discussions and recommendations of theRegional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management,held on 7-9 October 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The dialogue brought together 40 participants (33 women and seven men) from ten countries (eight from...
This report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the "Regional Dialogue on Women's Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia", held on 7-9 Oct in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) in partnership with The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and The Forests Dialogue, and with the support of the...
Over three days, 13-15 May 2014, in Washington,D.C., the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) joined with the GlobalGender Office (GGO) of the International Unionfor Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to organize andhost a technical workshop on gender and reducingemissions from deforestation and forest degradation(REDD+). A learning...
Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides...

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