MARCH 18, 2015 - Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre presents:

“Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection ”

Wednesday, 18 mars 2015 – 11:30am to 1pm
Where:  Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur
Room number: FTX 351 (3th floor)

Bilingual event.
Lunch provided.
All are welcome.


Professor Lucie Lamarche, former Director at HRREC, with her colleague Beth Goldblatt, have edited a new publication entitled “Women's Rights to Social Security and Social Protection’. 

The collection examines the human rights to social security and social protection from a women's rights perspective. The contributors stress the need to address women's poverty and exclusion within a human rights' framework that takes account of gender. The chapters unpack the rights to social security and protection and their relationship to human rights principles such as gender equality, participation and dignity. Alongside conceptual insights across the field of women's social security rights, the collection analyses recent developments in international law and in a range of national settings. It considers the ILO's Social Protection Floors Recommendation and the work of UN treaty bodies. It explores the different approaches to expansion of social protection in developing countries (China, Chile and Bolivia). It also discusses conditionality in cash transfer programmes, a central debate in social policy and development, through a gender lens.

Contributors consider the position of poor women, particularly single mothers, in developed countries (Australia, Canada, the United States, Ireland and Spain) facing the damaging consequences of welfare cuts. The collection engages with shifts in global discourse on the role of social policy and the way in which ideas of crisis and austerity have been used to undermine rights with harsh impacts on women.

You can buy the book with Hart Publishing with a 20% discount by using the Discount Order Form.


Professor Lucie Lamarche, Faculty of Political Science and Law at the University of Quebec in Montreal and former Director at HRREC. 

Partner organizations:

  • Hart Publishing
  • The Shirley Greenberg Professor of Women and the Legal Profession

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