5-6 JUNE 2018 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Does shock-sensitive social protection promote gender equality?

How can equality and empowerment be better reflected in policy and programming?

Lab debate
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
13:00 to 14:15

The role of social protection in responding to emergencies has rapidly grown over the last few years, with increasingly innovative and adaptive responses to large-scale emergencies.

At the same time, there has also been increased attention to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in social protection policy and programming, as well as in emergency response programming. However, applying a gender analysis to shock-sensitive social protection has been missing, leaving a major gap in terms of informing programme design and implementation, with potentially negative effects on outcomes for women and girls.

This session will discuss where is the issue of gender equality and women/girls’ empowerment in shock-sensitive social protection debates, policy and programming? Why has this debate been missing? How can this be addressed?

Organised by


Francesca Bastagli
Head of Social Protection and Social Policy
Overseas Development Institute
Rebecca Holmes
Senior Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute
Nupur Kukrety
Programme Specialist - Social Protection in Humanitarian, Fragile and Risk prone contexts
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
Tom Mtenje
Deputy Team Leader - Malawi Social Protection Programme
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)