Social Protection And Disability

This event will be held in Spanish with English interpretation.

Social protection is a key policy tool for promoting right-based, gender-sensitive, and inclusive development to leave no one behind. For persons with disabilities, inclusive social protection systems are fundamental for preventing or protecting them against poverty, vulnerability, and social exclusion that undermine their economic security, well-being, and participation throughout the lifecycle. Building inclusive social protection goes beyond providing the adequate and required support to persons with disabilities. It combines a set of policies and programs to address the multiple barriers, exposure to risks, and the impact of diverse shocks that increase their vulnerabilities and undermine their opportunities to develop their full potential. 

The crisis of Covid-19 has exposed deep inequalities regarding access to social protection in all countries in the LAC region. Before Covid-19, social protection systems had heterogeneous levels of development, which under normal conditions, remained fragmented, even with visible deficiencies in coverage for some cases. However, social protection became the main mechanism for governments to provide timely and sufficient assistance to children and their families during the pandemic and to mitigate the effects it is causing. Several countries have also introduced and scaled up various social protection programs, largely cash transfers.

In partnership with UNICEF, the webinar Social Protection and Disability explores the current situation of social protection and disability in Latin America. The speakers will introduce the relevance and current situation of the disability agenda in the region while exploring case studies from three countries – Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.