Date of Meeting: 11 March 2019

Meeting Organizer: Good practices in the provision of social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure, including for recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work

ISJC Staff Present: Captain Paula Mendes

Reporter: Captain Paula Mendes

Which SDG does this topic cover? SDGs 5, 6, 9, 10

Type of meeting: CSW Round Table 4 

Brief summary of presentation of information made

The Chair of the meeting opened the session explaining the priority themes: the importance of recognising and valuing domestic work and to strengthen public policies. She also mentioned that when we don’t have a good infrastructure for women and girls, they lose time that could be used in other activities or even to rest. Then she challenged every member state to share what they are doing in terms of governmental investments, systems of national social protection and so on.

Then member states present were

Colombia, Turkey, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Nepal, Mexico, UK, Sudan, USA, Gambia, Cameroon, North Macedonia, Peru, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Mali.


Some highlights:

  • In Turkey women are engaging as never before
  • Nepal is implementing compulsory free education
  • US budget for child care development is higher than ever
  • Gambia has a national school feeding program
  • Peru is working on new spaces for women in the industry of solar panels
  • Central African Republic is investing in women’s shelters


At the end the Assistant Secretary General of UN Women closed the session stating the links between what the member states shared. Elderly or youth societies are facing the same challenges with some needing child care and some needing elderly care. There is an urge for transferring women from the unformal to formal market and for social protection to be universal. Also, to include women in the decisions and the development of the polices we institute.

What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?

When we hear about what the needs around the world are and what the governments are doing to achieve change, we can also try to stay on path with these initiatives. For example, encouraging women to take a step in the process of decision making and development of polices. It is also time to start thinking about our infrastructure, which is mainly adjusted to men, and not women.

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Tags: SDG10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG5: Gender Equality, SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure