Enhancing social protection as a critical component of reducing rural poverty and gender inequality

“Social protection can be a powerful tool to break the negative spiral of gender inequalities,” said Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the United Nations in New York in her remarks at a side event during the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).


Co-hosted by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada and Denmark, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the side event showcased the impact of gender-sensitive design and implementation in social protection programmes on women’s well-being, including their food security, health status, and economic empowerment. The event also sought to generate additional support and commitment for the expansion of coverage of social protection and women’s economic empowerment as a key component of the 2030 Agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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