12:15—1:45 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Toward A More Equal Future: Social Protection — A Driver for Women’s Empowerment


  • Svenja Schulze, German Minister of Development
  • Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, USAID 
  • Rania al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt 
  • Cathy Feingold, Director of International Department, AFL-CIO 
  • Michal Rutkowski, Global Director, Social Protection and Jobs, World Bank


  • Megan O’Donnell, Policy Fellow & Assistant Director for Gender, Center for Global Development

This is an external event hosted at the AFL-CIO and features CGD Policy Fellow, Megan O' Donnell. 

Social protection aims to ensure that all people can participate and benefit from social and economic development, making countries more resilient in the face of multiple global crises. By reducing barriers to equal participation, universal social protection systems can in turn contribute to achieving the goals of a feminist development policy – but only if these systems are designed to be gender-transformative: actively addressing social norms, gender stereotypes, and social power relations that lead to social inequalities.

Organized in the context of the World Bank Annual Meetings, this event features Svenja Schulze, Germany’s Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as a distinguished panel of experts.

Guiding Questions:

  1. What are the specific risks that currently need to be covered for women, girls and marginalized populations?
  2. What are the current challenges of achieving gender-transformative social protection?
  3. How must social security systems be designed so that women, girls and marginalized groups can actually benefit from them?

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