Welcome to our March newsletter! 

Our March newsletter is dedicated to International Women's Day! The 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress, which aims to strengthen global momentum in striving for gender parity. Gender parity is fundamental to achieving thriving economies and societies, ensuring inclusive growth and development.

The World Economic Forum’s 
2017 Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks countries on their progress towards gender parity, using an index across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. The index trends indicate that the overall global gender gap can be closed in 100 years in the 106 countries covered.
Across the world, women are making positive gains day by day, and social protection is playing a key role in achieving this progress. This year’s
Commission on the Status of Women event theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Social protection is at the top of their agenda, recognising that “universal social protection is vital for rural women and girls to realize fully their human rights and empowerment (E/CN.6/2018/3)”.
Gender inclusivity is increasingly being incorporated into the design and implementation of social protection policies and programmes, and its impact is being recognised. This newsletter therefore highlights content featuring the role of social protection in protecting and promoting the rights of women in the pursuit of inclusive development.

This month we share the following publications that address the role of social protection in empowering women around the world:

A mixed-method review of cash transfers and intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries (2018)
by the 
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

See this programme theory on how cash transfers can impact intimate partner violence by addressing economic security and emotional wellbeing, intra-household conflict, and women’s empowerment.

No Time to Rest: Women’s Lived Experiences of Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work (2018)
by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 

This report provides evidence from a research project carried out in India, Nepal, Rwanda, and Tanzania. It finds that women's paid work options are few and poorly paid, failing to contribute to their ‘economic empowerment’.

Gender-Sensitive Social Protection for Zero Hunger (2017)
by the
World Food Programme (WFP)

This paper provides the overarching framework for ensuring a gender dimension is integrated in the WFP’s work on social protection for the period 2017-2021.
Cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and women’s economic empowerment: Experience from Mexico (2017)
by the
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Gender-related interventions have focused on breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty, but have been weaker in promoting women’s economic empowerment through employment or sustainable livelihoods.
Women at work: addressing the gaps (2018)
by the
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

Women face significant barriers to engage as full economic citizens, resulting in gaps in wages and poor labour market participation. Read about the growing evidence on how gender equality can directly foster economic growth and broad-based social development


Blog Posts
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22 March
14:00 (GMT)


Measuring gender outcomes in social protection programmes: Why is it important? How best to do it?

27 March
15:00 (GMT)


Social protection and the Changing Labour Market: Finding the Missing Links
by DFAT and GIZ

29 March
12:00 (GMT)


How Can Social Protection Programmes
Protect Women’s Right to Work?

Past webinars:
Stay updated with some recent gender related social protection news:

Check out highlighted upcoming events!

10 April

Fostering Gender Equality in the Workplace: Developing Inclusive Labour Markets for Women Across the EU
This symposium provides an opportunity to discuss the latest policy developments at EU level to tackle gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
April 25 – 26


Online Community
Check out the highlighted Community of the month!
Join over 80 fellow members, dedicated to the topic of women’s economic empowerment.

Jobs and calls for papers are accessible on our Jobs page. Members can submit jobs and calls for papers by clicking on + Submit job offer.

Check out the opportunity to join the socialprotection.org team as a Knowledge Management Assistant (Brasilia, Brazil). Deadline: 22 March