Progress of The World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

Year: 2015

A comprehensive approach to social policy that combines universal access to social services with social protection through contributory and noncontributory transfer systems is the best way to realize economic and social rights for all without discrimination. Currently, only 27 per cent of the world’s population enjoys full access to social protection, whereas 73 per cent are covered partially or not at all.  Women are often overrepresented among those who lack access to social protection.

The definition of national social protection floors, including basic income security for children, working-age adults, older people and people with disabilities as well as the extension of basic social services to all, therefore holds significant promise for women.

Chapter 3 of the report particularly focuses on “Making Social Policy Work for Women”.


Social Protection and Human Rights