In April, 2013 Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) launched the Women’s Carbon Standard (WCS), a set of project design and implementation requirements that complement existing compliance or voluntary carbon standards. The Women’s Carbon Standard – the first women-specific complementary standard measuring social benefits – will be formally re-named the W+ Standard on November 19th, 2013 at the WOCAN Side Event at the 19th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw on the occasion of Gender Day.
The W+ Standard is a set of project design and implementation requirements that complement existing compliance or voluntary carbon standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and others. The WCS specifically includes measures to integrate and measure women’s empowerment and participation in carbon mitigation projects.
WOCAN believes that the use of the W+ Standard to promote empowerment will ultimately change business-as-usual in the global carbon market. Just as the Fair Trade label has revolutionized consumer buying habits, WOCAN sees the potential to drive investments to projects that support women’s empowerment. When the livelihoods of women improve, broader economic, social, and environmental improvements follow.
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