Welcome to the March edition of our monthly newsletter!
This edition of the socialprotection.org newsletter is dedicated to the International Women's Day. Gender is currently one of the trending topics in social protection discussions, not only because women are more exposed to vulnerabilities than men, but also since they are at a heightened risk of falling into poverty. Well-designed social protection systems can narrow gender gaps in poverty rates by tackling gender discrimination while ensuring inclusive, pro-poor growth. Enjoy your reading!
Upcoming Webinars
Women and Girls with Disabilities: Intersectional Approach for Eliminating Violence and Discrimination
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

26 March
11:00 - 12:30 (GMT-4/EDT)

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Past Webinar
The Women, Business and the Law (WBL) Database is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the laws and regulations that restrict women's economic opportunities. The data set offers objective and measurable benchmarks of global progress towards gender equality. Comparable across economies, this data is useful for research and policy discussions on improving women's economic opportunities.

These indicators are used to build a series of studies that analyze laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. Access the latest one, Women, Business and the Law 2020 Index, and learn more.
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) has a series of podcasts discussing how informal workers can access better livelihood protection. We have selected three of them, dedicated to gender and social protection, for our March newsletter:
#12 Child Care Models For Women Informal Workers
#05 Domestic Workers and Violence at the workplace 
#02 Urban Infrastructure, Social Protection and Women Informal Workers 
Blog posts
Awkward truths and the changing face of social protection
by Ruth Graham-Goulder
The Pacific Corner Series: Improving women’s access to social protection
by Line Jensen
Policies and Potentials for Women Empowerment in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
by February Amelia Curry
Featured Online Community
The Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Online Community, supported by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), aims to generate interest among experts as well as the general public, leading to opportunities for promoting the work carried out in this field. It compiles documents, publications, webinar recordings, blog posts and other related material on gender and social protection. Join and stay tuned for the soon-to-be-launched revamped version, with broader support from organisations and new resources and activities.
Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers
National or international consultant
ILO | China | Apply by 20 March
Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection & Resilience) 
WFP | Djibouti | Apply by 23 March
Research on “Assessing China’s social security coverage of non-standard workers, with focus on platform workers, migrants and women and measures to close gaps and improve portability of social security benefits” 
ILO | China | Apply by 1 April

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