With more than 2 million orphans and vulnerable children in Mozambique, some become the responsibility of their ailing grandparents. Florinda is here to collect her pension, which she depends on to raise her two grandchildren who were left orphaned five years ago when her daughter died.
Social protection is a fundamental right and key tool in addressing shocks, vulnerability and poverty. It can make the difference that keeps a child from going to bed hungry and missing school. It can allow people to access essential healthcare and to adapt more easily to climate-related disasters.
Expanding coverage and improving the design and implementation of social protection programmes, such as cash transfers and health insurance, can have a significant impact on the most vulnerable households. Increasingly, where we have sex-disaggregated data, we can see that social protection can deliver specific results depending on your gender, and have a varying impact on gender equality outcomes.
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Ruth Graham-Goulder is a Social Policy & Gender Specialist in the Social Policy Section at UNICEF HQ, supporting UNICEF social protection programme design globally and leading on a new organisational workstream on gender-responsive social protection. This blog was first published in Unicef website and it was kindly shared with socialprotection.org by its author.