New key issues guide: Social protection and the empowerment of girls and women

Barry Aliman rides her bicycle with her baby to collect water Boromo, Burkina Faso

This new Key Issues Guide, produced by BRIDGE for the Eldis website, brings together key reading for governments, development partners, civil society organisations and researchers to consider in designing, financing and implementing social protection programmes that can support girls' and women’s empowerment. 

The guide first presents literature outlining the specific vulnerabilities and barriers girls and women face due to multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination on the basis of gender, class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and migration status. The subsequent sections provide an overview of how social protection including cash transfers, public employment programmes and universal health coverage can help to tackle these barriers and support girls and women throughout their lives.