Public Policy Brief No. 128 | April 2013
From Safety Nets to Economic Empowerment
Is There Space to Promote Gender Equality in the Evolution of Social Protection?
Social protection systems comprise public policies designed to prevent or alleviate economic insecurity and poverty. Throughout the developing world, social protection strategies and the dialogue surrounding them have recently been undergoing an important evolution. In this policy brief, Senior Scholar and Director of the Gender Equality and the Economy program Rania Antonopoulos highlights the opportunities and challenges for promoting gender equality and empowerment within this shifting policy landscape. Developed with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme, this brief is intended as an advocacy tool in the service of amplifying gender-informed policy considerations in country-level social protection debates.
Conditional cash transfers Early childhood development Employer of Last Resort (ELR) policy Employment guarantee Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Gender disparities National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) Social protection United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)