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(Part 1) Investing in gender equality: Parliaments ensuring social protection, public services and infrastructure deliver for women and girls - CSW63 Side Event
13 Mar 2019 -  Welcome remarks
Session 1: What do gender-responsive social protection policies look like?
Well-resourced and gender-responsive social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure systems are fundamental to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. By levelling the playing field for women and men in all areas of life, they are also key for promoting economically sustainable and fair societies. Social protection systems are essential for protecting people from poverty and unexpected hardship. Public services like health, education, water and sanitation ensure delivery of basic rights and needs and also promote individuals’ well-being and the collective productivity of societies. Infrastructure connects people to these systems and services.
The essential contribution of women in their multiple roles as heads of household, caregivers and workers, all of which are essential to the social and economic welfare and sustainability of societies, must be valued. That requires well-coordinated and gender-responsive measures by the State, including gender-responsive budgeting and spending on social protection, public services and infrastructure. Parliaments have a vital role to play, including by ensuring adequate resources are allocated in pursuit of gender equality.
Participants in this parliamentary event are invited to share good practices developed by their parliaments to pass laws on, allocate budgets to and conduct oversight of gender-responsive social protection systems, public services and infrastructure that women can effectively access and benefit from over their lifetimes. Participants will discuss how in that effort parliaments can best consider the wide range of needs, priorities and challenges of women in their diverse economic and social functions, circumstances and geographic locations.