Gender and child sensitive social protection in South Africa

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Drawing from a 2010 study of women receiving the Child Support Grant in an urban area of South Africa, this article discusses the link between social protection, women's empowerment and the well-being of children. It appears that the Grant enhances women's power and control over household decision-making in financial matters, general household spending and child well-being. At the same time, the data show that women continue to bear the greatest burden of care in the household and that these responsibilities significantly heighten gender inequalities. Therefore, while the Grant has benefits for child well-being and women's empowerment, it cannot on its own transform unequal and unjust social relations of power. It should be working in concert with other public programmes not only to focus on children's needs but also to strive for gender equality for poor women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopment Southern Africa
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Child Support Grant
  • South Africa
  • care responsibilities
  • child sensitive social protection
  • gender sensitive social protection
  • women's empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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