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

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 promotes informed policy debate, improved coordination and joint action on gender-responsive social protection through research and convening. It is supported by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in their role as Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Gender Working Group Chair.

It includes the following activities and outputs below: