Tuesday, March 5, 2024
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Do Social Safety Nets Empower Women? Yes, but We Need (To Do) More

Social safety nets, including cash, in-kind, and asset transfers are at the forefront of government efforts to tackle poverty and inequalities—including in response to crises brought on by conflict, climate, and public health emergencies. There are acknowledged gender dimensions to the design and implementation of social safety nets, with rigorous evidence showing multi-faceted positive effects for women. This evidence has spurred calls to ensure systems, policies, and programs respond to and seek to close gender inequalities. Despite this promise, to date, there has been no comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of diverse social safety nets on women’s economic achievements and agency outcomes. Read More