Women’s empowerment, gender equality and social protection: where next?

16 September 2019 11:30 - 13:00 GMT+1 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online


Video message opening remarks

Michelle Bachelet – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights



Francesca Bastagli @FraBastagli– Head of Equity and Social Policy, ODI



Anush Bezhanyan @AnushBezhanyan – Social Protection Sector Manager, World Bank

Rachel Glennerster @rglenner – Chief Economist, Department for International Development (DFID)

Chidi King @chidiking4 – Director of the Equality Department, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Elizabeth Tang – General Secretary, International Domestic Workers Federation


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the critical role of social protection in achieving the SDGs, including gender equality. If appropriately designed and implemented, social protection policies and systems can transform women’s and girls' lives by addressing lifecycle risks and transitions, increasing access to services and infrastructure and promoting women’s and girls' voice and agency.

Building on the momentum achieved through this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we discuss the role of social protection in promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, identifying opportunities and concrete actions for making progress towards gender equality and social protection for all.