Towards Gender-Responsive Social Protection Strategies

A Four-Step Checklist

Authored by: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2021
Citation: "Towards Gender-Responsive Social Protection Strategies: A Four-Step Checklist." United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. September 2021.

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Executive Summary

This checklist provides guidance for mainstreaming gender into national social protection strategies in four steps:

  1. Defining the overarching framework for a strategy
  2. Identifying gender-specific risks and vulnerabilities
  3. Designing programmes and policies with a gender perspective
  4. Developing monitoring, evaluation and accountability mechanisms.

Each step provides stakeholders involved in the development or revision of national social protection strategies with considerations that can be applied and adapted to different national contexts. The checklist was derived from an indicator framework developed by UN Women’s Research and Data section and has already been applied to analyse 30 national social strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.