Social protection floors and gender equality. A brief overview

Organization(s): ILO
Author: Christina Behrendt, Emmanuelle St-Pierre Guilbault, Florence Bonnet, Lou Tessier, Maya Stern Plaza
Year: 2013
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This working paper summarizes some of the linkages between gender inequality and access to social protection, then discusses the contribution of national social protection floors as powerful tools in reducing gender inequalities and women’s poverty, and summarizes recent developments in the international legal framework relevant to gender equality and social protection floors.

It highlights some of the relevant aspects with regard to the complex relationship between gender equality and social protection to help to better understand how social protection schemes can best contribute to redressing inequalities, ensuring equal treatment and non-discrimination, enhancing women’s empowerment, facilitating women’s participation in decent and productive employment, and in promoting gender equality.

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