The W+ Standard

The W+ Standard is a unique certification label developed by WOCAN that endorses projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in economic development or environment projects, including those that provide renewable energy technologies, time and labor saving devices, forest and agriculture activities, and employment opportunities.

The W+ is thus an innovative framework to quantify and monetize the social capital created by women, to recognize and reward their contributions to sustainable environments and communities.
 
The W+ measures women’s empowerment in six domains: Time, Income & Assets, Health, Leadership, Education & Knowledge and Food Security. It produces quantified women-benefit units that contribute towards post 2015 Sustainability Goals (SDGs), Climate Financing or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets.

Vist W+ Standard website for more detail: www,wplus.org

Why a W+ Standard?

In much of the world, women comprise the majority of farmers and natural resource managers, yet are often excluded from decision-making and do not have an equal access to resources. Strengthening women’s empowerment will provide environmental, social and economic benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience and food security.

Governments, development agencies and investors are increasingly funding women’s empowerment/ gender equality, based on women’s rights and evidence of improved project outcomes. However, what is lacking for many is a robust means of measuring these outcomes in a way that can be simply communicated.

How will the W+ Standard be Implemented?

Existing or new projects should assess how the W+ can be integrated into their project.  Any type of economic development or environment project is potentially applicable: forest, renewable energy, clean water, agriculture, etc.  Projects must plan for and measure progress in at least one of the six domains: Income and Assets, Time, Education and Knowledge, Leadership, Food Security and Health.  Once projects are defined and underway their outcomes will be monitored and measured and verified by an external auditor that has been approved by WOCAN. Organizations/projects that have obtained satisfactory results will be issued W+ certificates for a specific number of units which can then be sold to corporations, investors and individual buyers. The W+ will also provide a new revenue stream to women and their groups through benefit sharing mechanisms required by the Standard.

For more information go to W+ Website: www.wplus.org

Technical Assistance 

WOCAN provides technical assistance in building capacities for gender and women’s empowerment programming and monitoring and evaluation, and can guide Project Developers in each step of the W+ standard application. Project Developers will gain knowledge and expertise on how to measure women’s empowerment using the W+ Standard as a result of receiving this assistance.

 

 

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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 29, 2014
WOCAN has completed the first steps of the implementation of the first pilot project for the W+ Standard, within a biogas project in Sindhuli and Kavre districts in Nepal, in collaboration with the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC), HIMAWANTI and ASTHA (two federations of women’s groups). During this Phase, the W+ Team has conducted the following activities required by the W+...
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May 20, 2014
Jeannette Gurung, discussed WOCAN and the W+ Standard at a talk program organized by World Bank's Gender and Rural Development Thematic Group (GENRD) in Washington, DC, USA on 12 May. The session is chaired by Eija Pehu, Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank and W+ Advisory Council Member. The discussants are Klas Sander, Senior Environmental Economist, LCSEN, World Bank;...
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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...
May 9, 2014
Ingo Puhl, Managing Partner of the South Pole Group, hosted the Women in Agriculture and NRM (WARM) meeting on 7 May in Bangkok, Thailand.WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) (with men warmly welcomed). The 10 participants...
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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 4, 2014
On 3 April, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) hosted the 2nd Women in Agriculture and NRM Meeting (WARM) in Bangkok. WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) (with men warmly welcomed). The 16 (13 women & 2 men) participants...
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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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WOCAN intern Asha Singh will be presenting on Gender and REDD+ at this CSW56 Learning Circle event of the GGCA. GGCA and NGO CSW Forum will co-convene this learning circle as an introduction to key gender and climate issues, building on the CSW56 theme of rural women. Specifically, this event seeks to introduce CSW56 delegates not necessarily familiar with gender and climate issues to its various...
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Addressing gender considerations in climate change adaptation and REDD+ efforts Cohosts IUCN, CIFOR While some work has already been conducted on the links between climate change adaptation and gender equality, recognition of gender aspects within a context of mitigation is still at an initial stage. Further work is necessary to raise awareness and acknowledgement of the relevance of linking...
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SNV:Richard McNally, Adrian Enright and Hans Smit This paper highlights the need to betterunderstand the relationship betweenagriculture and forests; in particular theneed to better understand where andhow agriculture is produced, as well asthe types of activities that need to beintroduced to support this sector. Given thegrowing commitments from...
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Jeannette Gurung presented the summary of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest Sector held in Kathmandu Nepal in 2012, during the'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The purpose of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest...
Gary Dunning, Executive Director of The Forest Dialogue (TFD), delivered this pesentation during the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The presentation focused on the 4Fs Initiative of the TFD and dicussed issues regarding managing landscapes for Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests and seeking...
Daryll Delgado, Program Manager of Verite Southeast Asia (VSEA),presented their various research and programs on corporate accountability. The mission of VSEA is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal conditions. It is a network of NGOs globally in 60+ countries and works with Fortune 500 brands, SMEs, local and international NGOs, industry associations, trade...

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