Designing social protection insurance schemes to benefit rural women: lessons from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa


Throughout their lives, rural women face multiple risks to their livelihoods and overall wellbeing, yet their access to affordable insurance schemes remains inadequate. This webinar, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)will explore what is being done to increase financial protection for the poorest rural women, and how to design insurance schemes that address their gender-specific needs and priorities for support in times of crisis. 

Drawing on real life case studies from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa the webinar will address the following questions: 

  • What are current examples of bringing a women-oriented focus to insurance schemes across agriculture, health and social security sectors?

  • How can gender-sensitive insurance schemes be best integrated into national social protection systems and/or programmes?

  • What are the key opportunities, challenges and potential entry points for different insurance stakeholders to increase women’s access to affordable insurance through social protection?  


Shree Kant Kumar – CEO of Vimo SEWA with the support of Tara Sinha

Mathieu Dubreuil – Micro-insurance Specialist, R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, WFP

Christina Dankmeyer – Advisor, Social Protection Sector Initiative, GIZ


 Maja Gavrilovic – Social Protection Specialist, FAO 


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