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ODI Working Paper: Informality, women and social protection

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June, 2016
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This working paper focuses on the barriers that women, especially those who are in the informal economy, face in the area of social protection. Part of a series of different literature on the same topic, it provides us with the insight into the coverage of social protection schemes of women. Policy recommendations are also made based on the identified obstacles that prevent those populations from accessing social protection.

Abstract: "Designing more flexible social protection schemes that adjust to the particular needs of women in informal work requires a careful assessment of the obstacles they face in accessing social protection. This paper provides an overview of the barriers women face in accessing social protection, which in some cases are rooted in the nature of informality and in other cases are gender-specific. Both need to be taken into account when designing social protection schemes for informal female workers. The paper draws out policy recommendations based on a broad range of examples from formal schemes and programmes covering contributory social insurance and non-contributory social assistance, as well as labour market interventions, which aimed to increase coverage of informal female workers."

Read full working paper: https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/10525.pdf

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