Closing the gender data gap in social protection


Sustainable poverty reduction can only be achieved by acknowledging gender inequities and specific vulnerabilities faced by women and girls in social protection programming. While social protection alone cannot eliminate gender inequality, there is a growing recognition that gender-responsive social protection can address gender-specific drivers of women’s and girls’ vulnerability to poverty and related risks.

An important first step in making social protection systems and programmes gender-responsive and transformative is to understand how they are currently reaching and benefiting women and girls. This requires more readily available and better-quality data on gender statistics in social protection. To jumpstart this agenda, greater coordination and collaboration on intersectional gender data across social protection systems is also needed.

On behalf of the SPIAC-B Gender Group, the STAAR Facility recently carried out a rapid mapping exercise aimed at understanding current efforts of global development agencies in collecting and analysing sex disaggregated data in social protection systems and identifying priority gaps. In this webinar, co-authors of the paper Tia Palermo and Maja Gavrilovic will discuss their findings and recommendations for moving forward with this critical agenda.



Tia Palermo, President, Policy Research Solutions (PRESTO)

Maja Gavrilovic, Senior Social Protection Specialist, PRESTO

Lauren Pandolfelli, Gender Statistics Specialist, UNICEF

Valeria Nesterenko, Data Specialist, ILO

Moderator: Rachel Mason, Gender and Social Protection Lead, FCDO 


Resource: Mapping gender and social protection data