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Unleashing the Potential of Social Protection for Adolescent Girls and Women

Side Event for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women
18 Feb 2019
18 February 2019


(18 February 2019)  Over the last decade there has been increasing international attention on adolescence as a critical window of opportunity to fast-track social change, and on the potential of social protection to tackle multidimensional vulnerabilities, including gender inequalities. However, the focus on the pivotal intersection of social protection, gender and adolescence is much more recent.

On the occasion of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women the United Kingdom, UNICEF and the GAGE consortium, coordinated by ODI, will hold the side event: Gender- and Adolescent-Responsive Social Protection: Unleashing the Potential of Social Protection for Adolescent Girls and Women.

Recording of the side event livestream


Bringing together global thought leaders, policy and programming experts, this event will highlight the role of policy, programming and evidence generation in advancing adolescent- and gender-responsive social protection. The event will explore how social protection can not only enhance adolescent girls’ and boys’ capabilities now - and strengthen opportunities for empowerment as they transition into early adulthood - but also how well designed social protection programmes can better tackle lifecourse and inter-generational cycles of poverty and gender inequalities.

The side event will be held on:

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 10.00 – 11.15am

Conference Room 1 (CR1)

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Opening remarks will be given by a Government Minister of the United Kingdom (to be named) and Henrietta E Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF. The session will be moderated by well-known journalist Femi Oke

Visit www.unicef-irc.org for more details as they become available.