Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
To advance women’s empowerment and collective action to tackle climate change, poverty, and food insecurity within enabling environments.
Capacity Building, Climate/Environment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Standards
Technologies & Fuels
Clean Cooking Activities
WOCAN developed the W+ Standard, a unique certification label 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.
WOCAN can help promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in clean energy related projects supported by the Alliance by applying the W+ Standard. The W+ Standard offers a way to measure progress in women's lives in 6 areas: time, food security, education, income, health and leadership. It also provides guidance on how to design and implement activities that produce significant results, that can be scaled. W+ Standard gives companies and investors an opportunity and a channel to invest in projects with confidence than women will benefit, that can be communicated to consumers. By assuring the inclusion of this critical group of stakeholders, investments are derisked. It also it possible to measure and unitize women’s empowerment benefits, alongside those of carbon emission reductions generated through climate initiatives.
Regions Operating In
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Dr. Jeannette Gurung
Title: Executive Director
Phone: (1) 808-464-1703
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Dr. Nisha Onta
Title: Regional Coordinator Asia & Knowledge Management Coordinator
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