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

December 2018 to December 2019

If appropriately designed and implemented, social protection policies and systems are critical to 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 aims to promote informed policy debate, improved coordination and joint action on gender-responsive social protection through research and convening. It is supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in their role as Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Gender Working Group Chair and organised around the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019).

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
  • The political economy of gender-responsive social protection
  • Financing gender-responsive social protection

Activities and outputs of this project include:

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