Social Development Policy Brief: Designing gender-responsive pension systems

Social Development Policy Brief: Designing gender-responsive pension systems

Date: 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Type: 
Public information and advocacy materials
Abstract

Older women are among those most at risk of being left behind, and many lack income security as a result of inequalities experienced throughout their lives. Older women who lack adequate income security risk being pushed into poverty at a particularly vulnerable state of their life. The population of the Asia and the Pacific region has been ageing rapidly, due to significant reductions in total fertility and child mortality and increases in life expectancy at birth. The percentage of people aged 65 or over is projected to increase from 9 per cent in 2019 to 18 per cent in 2050. Because of longer life expectancy, there are more older women than men, who are often in vulnerable situations. The policy brief highlights how women often have limited access to income security in old age, the underlying reasons for this situation and provides recommendation to design more gender -responsive systems of income security for older persons.

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