Webinar Unlocking gender equality:   The power of universal social security programs

This event was initially posted on the website of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, hosting the Global Campaign for the Right to Social Security.

The discussion will be held only in English.

You can register to attend by following this link. You will receive a Zoom confirmation email should your registration be successful. Alternatively, you can watch the event live here on our Facebook page.

Hosted by: The Global Campaign for the Right to Social Security, Act Church of Sweden, Action Against Hunger France, Action Aid, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, and the Arab Reform Initiative.

This event delves into the pivotal role of universal social protection in advancing women's and girls' rights. Research highlights how targeted income support, especially when directed towards women, fosters financial autonomy and enables investment in income-generating endeavors. Such initiatives also correlate with decreased instances of intimate partner violence, underscoring the link between alleviating poverty and reducing household conflicts. For many elderly women, access to pensions signifies newfound independence, emphasizing individual entitlement to social security over reliance on familial support.

Despite the evidence supporting universal social protection, many governments still favor means-tested assistance programs, which often miss vulnerable populations and are prone to errors and corruption.

In this session, a panel will explore the intersection of universal social security and gender equality, sharing compelling examples and strategies to advocate for its implementation. Using the 'Anger, Hope, Action' conversational tool, they will discuss ways to make universal social protection a reality.