Side event
12 March 2019, 10:00 - 11:15

Gender- and adolescent-responsive social protection: unleashing the potential of social protection for adolescent girls and women - ODI at CSW

UN Headquarters, New York, USA

Social protection can improve adolescent girls’ lives today and transform their futures.

This event is a chance to hear from leading voices in social protection how programmes can better address life course vulnerabilities and break inter-generational cycles of poverty. It will demonstrate the need for adolescent- and gender-responsive policy, programmes and research to build effective social protection systems.

Over the last decade, the understanding of adolescence as a critical window of opportunity to accelerate development has increased, yet social protection systems still do not systematically target the needs of adolescents, especially the promotion of gender equality. A new approach will ensure no girl or woman is left behind.



  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, UK, @tariqahmadbt
  • Ms. Henrietta E Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, @unicefchief


  • Dr Nicola Jones, Director of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme, and Principal Research Fellow, ODI, UK, @njonesODI 
  • Dr Prerna Banati, Deputy Director A.I., UNICEF Innocenti, @pbanati 

In Conversation:

  • H. E. Mrs. Yalem Tsegay Asfaw, Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Ethiopia
  • H.E. Mrs. Basma Mousa Ishaqat, Minister of Social Development, Jordan
  • Ms. Kamrun Nahar, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh


  • Dr Deepta Chopra, Research Fellow, IDS, UK


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