What is the W+ Standard?
WOCAN created the W+ Standard in response to the need to measure the impact of women’s empowerment and accelerate investments in women- particularly women’s groups - to address persistent gaps in their access to resources and capital and scale up solutions to climate change, food security and poverty.
The W+ Standard provides metrics to measure women’s empowerment within existing and new projects. This platform enables governments, companies and individuals to achieve transparency and effectiveness using a results-based framework to ensure progress. It tracks women’s empowerment in six areas: time, income, health, leadership, education and food security.
W+ Units provide a way for companies and governments to measure outcomes within their own projects or purchase units as a way to count towards women’s empowerment/gender targets.
The W+ Stadard's ISEAL Alliance membership is in review.