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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November 14, 2016
The Green Climate Fund and other climate related funds are beginning to require reporting of gender impacts of their investments, while corporations and financial institutions are increasingly interested in addressing women’s empowerment needs and SDG targets. WOCAN organized the side event during UNFCCC’s COP22 on 17 November in Marrakesh to discuss how new standards are making it...
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November 15, 2016
This special event showcased how women are leading the way on climate action worldwide. The event is divided into two segments. The first is a high - level panel discussion that will explore how gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical when addressing climate change and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The second segment demonstrated on-the-ground...
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October 20, 2016
Maria Lee, WOCAN Core Associate Europe, participated in the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Conference “Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda” in Stockholm on 19-20 October. The conference jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute brought together policy makers and...
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September 29, 2016
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September 7, 2016
This article was originally published on Responsible Business and is republished with permission. ------------------ 1) What challenges drove you to become an advocate of women’s empowerment and especially focusing on agriculture? It was personal. As a student of forestry and environmental studies, I realized not only how few women were in those...
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August 8, 2016
WOCAN and HIMAWANTI organized the W+ Benefit Sharing Planning meeting with women leaders from Sidhuli and Kavre District on 6 August in HIMWANTI’s Central office in Kathmandu. The women leaders represent the women's group who are the stakeholders of the Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas Stoves Project which is the pilot project to apply the W+ Standard's Time method and has...
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August 26, 2016
Jeannettediscussed her views on what is needed to bring about significant changes on a global scale, through investments in women farmers and their collectives during the webinar organized by Food Tank on 24 August . Food Tank in an NGOfocused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways...
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August 5, 2016
WOCAN hosted the Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) meeting on 4 August 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 (with men warmly welcomed). The 12 participants (11 women and 1 man) represented UN...
August 11, 2016
Kalpana Giri, WOCAN Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, were the panelists for the session on ‘Integrating gender considerations into climate change and disaster risk reduction strategies for fishing communities’ during the Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture held on 10 Aug in Bangkok. The objective of the...
June 28, 2016
The consultation workshop took place on 24 June which focused on understanding what the gender-specific impacts of clean cooking and heating are and how these can be monitored and measured. The discussion built on the work recently started by the Gold Standard (GS) on methodologies to monitor and verify gender co-benefits of ECCH. The purpose of this discussion was to share the thinking and...
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Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend theThird International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) which will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant...
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Jun
18
Nisha Onta will participate in the consultation meeting on Building a Platform for the promotion of women’s rights and women participation in Governance in Thailand organized by the Foundation for Women in collaboration with USAID Sapan Program on 18 July in Bangkok. The meeting derives from the recommendations from Ms. Francessca Binda, the International Specialist who...
Jun
11
Jeannette Gurung will be attending the“Partnering for Sustainability: Scaling Partnerships for Scaled Impact” workshop, organized by Asia Clean Innovations and Public Affairs Asia’s Sharing Value Asia initiative, being held from 11 to 12 June in Bangkok.This workshop is supported by the Sida-SEI Strategic Fund initiative that seeks to demonstrate to participants the...
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WOCAN will have a booth to share knowledge on Gender and Climate Change during theThe Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate ResilientOrganized by the Asian Institute of Technology in collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ASEAN Secretary General, and the European Union, the Forum seeks to propose...
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Jeannette Gurung will participate in the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on 'Challenges and opportunities towards rural women's empowerment Agratian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculuture and food systems being held on 7-8 July 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objectives of the workshop are to foster exchange of knowledge...
Jun
8
Manuel Cocco, Principal, Strategy Development, South Pole Group will present the W+ Standard on “Session IV: Enhancing gender-responsiveness in mitigation action and technology development and transfer- challenges and opportunities” during the in-session workshop on gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer, held on 8-9...
Jun
2
Jeannette Gurung is speaking on the session titled "How can women grab opportunities in agriculture?" during theAustralia Mekong NGO Engagement Platform (AMNEP) Forum on Inclusive Business- Mekong Women in Agricultural Value Chains. The Forum is jointly organized by the Australian Embassy and CSR Asia on 2-3 June in Bangkok, Thailand. The session will concentrate on how to...
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May
7
Jeannette will be presenting the findings of the Joint Initiative among WOCAN, LEAF and UN-REDD on Gender and REDD+ at the Regional UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Exchange among Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and Leaders held on 7 – 8 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the joint initiative was to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion and...
Apr
29
Jeannette is attending the"Women and Enterprises: Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns” conference oranized by theUN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and National Bank of Cambodia in cooperation with the Australian Government. The conference is being held inPhnom Penh, Cambodiafrom 29-30 April 2015. This conference, aims to provide a...
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