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Building capacities for

women’s leadership for


climate change mitigation and
adaptation
Introducing WOCAN

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What is WOCAN?

An international network
of women and men
professionals dedicated
to increasing rural
women’s access to and
control of resources to
manage agriculture and
natural resources in order
to enhance their
livelihoods and alleviate
poverty.
Mission
Build the leadership of
women in agriculture and
natural resource
management for
organizational
transformation for gender
equality through an
innovative approach of
partnering motivated
professional and rural
women.
Membership

WOCAN’s global network


of over 450 members in
80 countries engages in
capacity building,
advocacy and collective
action
Core Strategies

1. Build women champions within agriculture and NRM


organizations and amongst women farmers and natural
resource managers.
2. Build capacities of poor rural women to generate income
through engagement with markets and through development
of enabling environments in agriculture and NRM institutions.
3. Advocate at global and national levels for greater benefits and
decision making for women farmers and natural resource
managers.
4. Become a center for global learning and communication on
organizational change and women’s leadership in the fields of
gender and agriculture/NRM.
Strategy 1. Build Women
Champions

For organizational
change

for advocacy
and for enhanced
decision making.
HOW: Leadership for Women

Provide training for


professional and rural
women on:

• Communication skills
• Negotiation skills
• Advocacy skills
• Confidence building
• Skills for agro-enterprise
HOW: Build Men’s Support

• Leadership training on
how to support women
leaders

• Encouraging heads of
organizations to support
organizational change
HOW: Build Enabling Environments
through Organizational Change

Build technical
capacity in gender
mainstreaming and
social/gender
analysis
Develop professionals
to act as ‘brokers’
between the
organizations and
rural women’s groups
Develop
organizational
accountability through
gender policies and
structures
Develop supportive
organizational
cultures: changing
norms, values and
attitudes
Strategy 2:

Build capacities of rural


women to generate income

• Developing tradeable
forest and soil carbon
using REDD+ and private
voluntary markets
through management of
community forests and
agroforestry activities.
:
Establish Women’s Carbon
Fund as an innovative
and sustainable financing
mechanism to address
goals of poverty
alleviation, gender
equality and climate
change mitigation, based
on an analysis of the
market potential for a
premium carbon product
of women-run carbon
sequestration activities
that incorporates social
and environmental
values.
Development
Objectives
• SHORT TERM
– Action Research to Build knowledge on
making carbon work for poor rural women

• TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
– Through intermediaries

• LONG TERM
– Establish Seller’s Fund
Strategy 3: Advocate

WOCAN is at the interface of


three global agendas:

A) Climate
change/REDD+

B)Food security
/environment /poverty
alleviation

C)women’s
rights/gender equality
HOW: WOCAN’s Advocacy

• Promotes pro-active role


for women to be “at the
table” in key meetings of
the UN and IFIs on
climate change and food
security.

• Gives space for women’s


voices at global, national
and regional level events
including those of IFAD,
UNFCCC, FAO, UNEP
National level advocacy

WOCAN facilitates
women to act as
advocates through:

• Building capacity and


confidence
• Using its international
status and connections to
establish spaces
• Building advocacy into all
projects
Strategy 4. Become centre of expertise
on organizational change and women’s
leadership in agriculture/NRM

• Build networks for


knowledge sharing and
collaboration

• Establish regional hubs in


West/Central Africa, and
Asia
• Evolve as a learning
organization