UN Women introduces new policy brief series to pave the way for gender equality and women’s rights


Making national social protection floors work for women

What kinds of policies are needed to advance gender equality? How can we ensure policies are designed to promote and not constrain the realization of women’s rights?

It is through robust comparative policy analysis that we are able to understand what is needed to advance gender equality and women’s rights, and provide answers on how to get there. Although there are no “one-size-fits all” solutions, it is through policymaking that we can change the “rules of the game” for women and girls around the world.

The UN Women policy brief series synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on gender equality and women’s rights in an accessible format. The series aims to bridge the research and policy divide by identifying areas that require urgent policy attention and propose a set of suitable measures to address them.

The series offers a carefully considered collection of concise, high-quality policy-oriented documents on issues that are current and timely, which can be used to enrich and inform policy debates and influence policymaking processes.

We kick off this series with four briefs that draw on some policy areas identified in Progress of the World’s Women 2015–2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights. The briefs prescribe key policy measures on increasing access to social protection and services and shaping macroeconomic policies that are rights-based and gender-responsive.