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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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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June 30, 2016
Jeannette attended the thirteenth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Korea, as an Observer. The Board approved 9 projects from its existing accredited entities, for a total amount of USD 256.6 million. These include both adaptation and mitigation proposals in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Of particular interest to WOCAN was the fact that Board members paid attention...
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June 8, 2016
Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, awarded the Celebrating Womenhood Annapurna Award 2016 in Nepal in recognition for dedicating her skills and knowledge to the development of Nepali society through education and environmental programs. The award was part of the Navadevi Samman Karyakram (New goddess award program), organized by the SSY group in association with Kantipur Publication....
June 21, 2016
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, attended the Oslo REDD Exchange on 14-15 June. Watch Dibya’s intervention during the session on ‘Lessons from place-based initiatives: Finance, tenure, gender, and linkages to national programs’. She asked the panelist if the research on benefit sharing and participation have any linkages with national programs. She expressed her...
June 22, 2016
In addition to the Time Domain and Income and Assets Domain, Project Developers wishing to apply the W+ Standard can now also do so to measure changes in women’s leadership skills. The method is now available online on the W+ website. W+ Leadership Method
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Jeannette will be attending the “Partnering for Sustainability: Scaling Partnerships for Scaled Impact” workshop, which will be held in Bangkok from 11 to 12 June 2015 organized by theAsia Clean InnovationsandPublic Affairs Asia’s Sharing Value Asia initiative. This workshop is designed to collectively assemble business leaders, Civil Society Organizations (...
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Annabell Waititu, Executive Director of IEWM and WOCAN Core Associate, will present the W+ Standard at the ‘Rural Women Technology Upscaling’ organized by UN Women at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre from 28 April - 2 May in Bellagio, Italy. The conference will offer an opportunity for the Technology Upscaling Group to meet for the first time to review the Sharefair technologies and...
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Jeannette Gurung will attend the regional workshop organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, which will explore the development of meaningful partnerships and relations between businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs) and government, through highlighting the linkages between environmental sustainability, human rights and gender equality. An important point of departure for the workshop...
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WOCAN has developed a unique certification label, the W+ Standard, that endorses projects which creates 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+ creates metrics...
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Mar
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Jeannette will be attending the USAID Gender Lens Impact Investing forum in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-13 March 2015, to discuss how to accelerate gender lens investing in Asia. USAID will present findings from recent field visits in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, but more importantly, use the time to define and shape the direction of gender...
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Apr
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WOCAN Board meeting will be held on 23-24 April 2015 in California, USA.
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Jeannette will be attending the 9th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board in Songdo, Republic of Korea on 24-26 March 2015. The provisional agenda includes accreditation, proposal approval process and investment framework and cross-cutting matters such as the gender policy and action plan, Private Sector Facility and initial risk management framework. WOCAN is a accredited civil sociery...
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Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Core Associate, will attend thehigh level panel discussion on ‘Achieving Broader Access to Energy through Clean Cooking and Lighting– Challenges and Innovative Financing Modalities in the context of Nepal’ organized bySNV Netherlands Development Organization, Clean Energy Development Bank and Scott Wilson Nepal.Honorable Prof. Dr. Govinda...

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