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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 partucularly vulnerable state of their life.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for no one to be left behind. Goal 1 (“no poverty”), Goal 5 (“gender equality”) and Goal 10 (“reduced inequalities”) are particularly relevant in the context of older women and income security. The 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) provides a comprehensive framework for building inclusive societies, and it emphasizes the need for comprehensive systems of income security for older persons. At the most recent Asia-Pacific review of MIPAA, member States committed to “[t]o strive, as appropriate in each country context, to ensure the integrity, sustainability, solvency and transparency of pension schemes, … in particular for women …, to expand coverage of and access to contributory pension systems …”

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