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3.2.9 - RT 9: Gender-responsive social protection in times of Covid-19

The Round-tables allowed organisations working in the field of social protection to propose their topics of interest and engage in an open discussion with experts, while also involving the audience. In these virtual round-tables, current pressing topics derived from experiences with the COVID-19 crisis were discussed by selected experts with a focus on the future of social protection.

The negative effects of COVID-19 have not been gender-neutral. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by the socio-economic impacts: from massive increases in unpaid care work due to closure of school and care facilities to increasing rates of gender-based violence and lockdowns disrupting the parts of the informal labour where women are concentrated and where they lack access to social protection. Despite this, most social protection responses to the pandemic have not considered gender in their design and implementation. This session explored the reasons for the lack of response to women and girls’ specific needs. Speakers discussed the steps towards gender-responsive recovery, and how we can act to ensure a better response to the next crisis. The round-table also explored ideas on how we can build back more gender-responsive social protection systems, while highlighting the importance of digitalisation.  

The country cases discussed in this roundtable include India and South Africa where the actions taken to expand social protection programmes are likely to disproportionately benefit women.  

The recently launched SPIAC-B Gender Working Group Call to Action contains further ideas on this topic, everyone is welcome to look at it, contribute and continue the dialogue.  

Speakers: Renana Jhabvala, Margaret Grosh, Juliana Martínez Franzoni 

Moderator: Caren Grown 

Link to the recording