Fighting inequality from the basics: The social protection floor and gender equality

Authors/editor(s): Rebeca Torada; Larraitz Lexartza and Juliana Martínez Franzoni

Fighting inequality from the basics

The focus of this report is the indispensability of the human right to social security in contributing to integration and conquering inequalities, which must be tackled across the board from a platform of national protection.

The report offers a framework and a set of methodological tools for analyzing the social protection floor in Central America and the Dominican Republic with a gender perspective, focusing primarily on the basic guarantees of social security, but with a holistic approach of the social protection floor, as has been conceptualized by the United Nations System. This implies the integration of maternal and child health, basic economic protection for women during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum, and the care of minors and dependents, as key elements of social security.

Also presented are a series of strategies to build and reinforce national social protection floors, analyzing the current context in relation to opportunities and challenges to expand and transform existing policies, and to develop methodological and technical initiatives in order to consolidate these strategies at a national level. This begins with an assessment of the situation, taking into account the current plans and their fiscal capacity, so as to identify gaps in protection, evaluate the cost and sustainability of available options, and lastly, create specific measures that constitute the national social protection floor.

The focus of this report is the indispensability of the human right to social security in contributing to integration and conquering inequalities, which must be tackled across the board from a platform of national protection.

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Bibliographic information

Publication type: Evaluation Reports

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2013

Number of pages: 103