Advocacy brief: Three emergency social protection measures to support women in the informal economy in the COVID-19 crisis

As COVID-19 spreads in Africa, informal workers are hard-pressed to comply with social distancing or confinement measures, as they need to work to provide for their basic needs. This brief highlights three things that UN Women country offices can advocate for to ensure that women working in the informal economy are taken into account in the current crisis:

  • Expand coverage of unconditional cash transfers to informal workers public
  • Works programmes for women-led production of personal protective equipment
  • Gender-responsive procurement of key supplies for in-kind transfers

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Côte d’Ivoire; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone

Subject area(s): COVID-19; Economic empowerment; Employment; Governance and national planning; Health; Social protection

Resource type: Briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: West and Central Africa Regional Office

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 6

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)