Social protection, women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender equality

December 2018 to October 2019

If appropriately designed and implemented, social protection policies and systems play a critical role in transforming 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. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the central role social protection plays in addressing poverty and inequality, including by recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work in the pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

This project, supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in their role as Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Gender Group Chair, aims to build knowledge and awareness on gender-responsive social protection and to promote informed policy debate on this topic. The project is organised around the following themes:

  • Social protection systems, access to public services and infrastructure and women’s and girls’ empowerment
  • Gender, social protection and the future of work
  • Financing gender-responsive social protection
  • The political economy of gender-responsive social protection

Activities and outputs of this project include:

Links to these outputs will be available at this web page on their release.