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 24, 2016
Maria Lee, WOCAN Core Associate, participated in the 5th Global Reporting Iinitaitve (GRI) Global Conference from 18 - 20 May in Amsterdam. This year topic was ‘Empowering sustainable decisions’. The event brought together more than 1,000 sustainability leaders from around the globe to exchange on sustainability best practices, innovations and trends that are empowering sustainable...
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March 8, 2016
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February 25, 2016
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Meena Bilgi, WOCAN Core Associate, discussed ‘Gender and SDGs’ at the National Consultation on “Taking the Sustainable Development and Climate Agenda Post 2015” held on 21 Feb in Pune, India. The objective of the consultation was to discuss what lies ahead for the climate and development agenda in 2016 and beyond. The Consultation explored how best to engage with the...
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Jeannette Gurung will present the W+ Standard and the pilot project in Nepal “Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas in Nepal” during the Breakfast with Biruwa organized by Biruwa Ventures on 21 January, in Kathmandu, Nepal. "Breakfast at Biruwa" is an informal networking and knowledge sharing event among Biruwa team members and invited guests. Biruwa Ventures...
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Jan
19
Barun Gurung, WOCAN Leader Trainer and Jeannette Gurung is conductingReframing Leadership for Women and Men for Gender Equality Trainingfor The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) project staff on 19-23 January 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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To support its goal of women’s leadership development, WOCAN provides leadership training to project partners, members and clients. WOCAN’s course, Reframing Leadership for Women and Men for Gender Equality, builds the capacities of leaders working at different levels ranging from rural cooperatives/producer groups to agricultural and natural resources institutions, national...
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We are pleased to announce the release of WOCAN's W+ Standard Version 1.1 and requirements for the First Public Consultation, beginning December 2, 2014. To accelerate women’s empowerment, WOCAN has created the W+ Standard to measure positive impacts to women’s social and economic empowerment and provides companies, governments and individuals a way to...
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Barun Gurung, WOCAN Lead Trainer, and Phanlany Khampoui, WOCAN Core Associate, is conducting the M&E in Lao PDR for the Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Famer Producer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific Region Project on 1-11 Dec. They will meet with Mrs. Vilayphone Vorlaphim, Deputy Director General of the Permanent Secretary’ s Office, Ms. Sisomphet Souvanthalisith...
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Jeannette Gurung will attend the regional launch of the USAIDOnline Sourcebook for Integrating Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Projects, on 2 Dec in Bangkok, Thailand.USAID is launching this online sourcebook to help ensure that gender considerations and women’s empowerment are incorporated into large-scale climate change adaptation projects. Using the sourcebook can...
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Linda Mossop, WOCAN South Africa Coordinator, is organizing the WLCAN (Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM) on 25th November in Pretorial, South Africa.
Nov
20
Meena Bilgi, Core Associate and Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator, will attend the Side Event of theAsia Pacific Regional Conference Beijing +20 titled "Challenges and opportunities towards rural women’s empowerment: agrarian transformations and the changing role of women in agriculture and food systems". The event is organized by UNWomen and FAO and being held in...
Oct
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Nisha Onta, Knowledge Management Coordinator of WOCAN, will be discussing the W+ Standard on the Session facilitated by UNWomen on "Gender Sensitive Adapatation", during the4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forumon 1-3 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Adaptation Forum 2014 will focus on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and...
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