New research programme examining gender-responsive and age-sensitive social protection is launched
Aysha Akhter Khushi (18) started her own business selling eggs with the help of cash transfers.
(28 January 2020) UNICEF’s Office of Research—Innocenti has today launched its new five-year research programme exploring gender-sensitive and age-responsive social protection (GRASSP). Funded by the Department for International Development, the programme will examine how social protection can enhance gender equality outcomes throughout the world.
To mark the launch, eleven think pieces written by gender and social protection experts from around the globe, stimulate thinking and dialogue, and push boundaries on how social protection can be improved to achieve development goals, such as poverty eradication, whilst contributing to gender equality.
Evidence shows that social protection, like cash transfers or health insurance, can help address poverty, improve well-being, and provide support during shocks from childhood through to old age. However, despite the enormous impact on people’s lives, social protection has fallen short of its potential for transformative effects for gender equality.
GRASSP will help improve understanding of how gender- and age-related vulnerabilities and inequalities can be addressed through social protection, with the aim of reducing poverty and achieving gender equality.