Welcome to our March Newsletter!
Across the past decades, significant progress has been achieved towards overcoming gender inequality and poverty in the world. Nevertheless, women still face structural challenges that recurrently put them in situations of vulnerability and hinders their access to better life opportunities. Social protection systems and programmes play a major role in helping women and girls to overcome disparities worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women, exacerbating inequalities and highlighting the need for gender-sensitive and adaptive social protection systems to better respond to women’s needs. In the month of the International Women´s Day, our newsletter features a selection of materials that might help understand how the current crisis can represent an opportunity for social protection systems to respond to intersecting gender inequalities that impact poverty and vulnerability.
Upcoming Webinar
Taking stock at the one-year mark: social protection during COVID-19 and beyond

25 March
14:00 (GMT+1/CET)
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Innovations in extending social protection to rural populations: Perspectives for a common FAO and ILO approach

01 April
14:00 (GMT+1/CET)
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Past Webinars
GBV & Social Protection in COVID-19 and beyond – evidence & emerging practice

10 September 2020
Gendered impacts of COVID-19 and social protection responses in rural areas

27 August 2020
Upcoming Event
Join the Online Event Social Protection for Economic Inclusion: Adapting the Graduation Approach in Asia and the Pacific, on 16 March at 09:00 (GMT+8). The event, hosted by ADB and BRAC, with socialprotection.org´s support, will discuss social protection for economic inclusion. Centred in the graduation approach, the session will highlight key considerations for governments and discuss how this can be a key strategy for addressing poverty and inequality in Asia and the Pacific.
The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker monitors policy measures enacted by governments worldwide to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, and highlights responses that have integrated a gender lens. The tracker is coordinated by UNDP with substantive leadership and technical contributions from UN Women. It includes national measures that are directly addressing women’s economic and social security, including unpaid care work, the labour market and violence against women.
Informal Economy Podcast: Social Protection: Gender-based violence and Informal Workers (part 1 and part 2)
Labour Market Intervention Project: A shift towards long-term economic resilience and recovery for women and children in Khana LGA
By Annie Maurice Ekanem
Social Protection and Violence against Women and Girls in the Indo Pacific region: Responding to COVID-19
By Marina Brunale
Social Protection and Child Marriage during COVID-19: Evidence, Practices and Opportunities
By Ruth Graham-Goulder
Online Community
The "Asia-Pacific Social Protection Online Community" is a new online community created by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), at socialprotection.org. It is the first regional platform dedicated to bringing together practitioners, experts and advocates specialised in promoting social protection in the region to discuss issues of relevance to the community. 
COVID-19 Resources
The Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 online community is being updated frequently, and remains a valuable tool for the social protection community to find and share resources related to responses to the pandemic. Below you will find some recent content related to this newsletter's theme: If you wish to contribute to the Online Community’s materials and resources, send your suggestions to our team: [email protected]
Job Opportunities
Gender & Social Protection Consultant (Asia-Pacific)
World Bank | Apply until 15 March

Social Protection and Climate Change Specialist
International Labour Organization | Geneva | Apply until 25 March

Consultancy on evidence synthesis of cash transfers and child Marriage
Girls Not Brides | London | Apply until 25 March