Universality of protection and effective access

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Social protection programmes must be available to all individuals without discrimination of any kind. Universal social protection systems  – those which provide benefits to all residents without conditions – are the best way for States to meet their human rights obligations to ensure that there is no discrimination in the selection of beneficiaries.

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Photo credit: “Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participates in an interactive discussion with women, girls and boys about the Delhi Safe City Programme” by UN Women (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).