Icon Our WorkEqual pensions, equal rights: achieving universal pension coverage for older women and men in developing countries

Equal pensions equal rights achieving universal pension coverage for older women and men in developing countries

In most countries, state pensions are financed from pay-roll taxes. However, such pensions have a strong male bias, with more men than women accessing them while also receiving higher benefits. Universal pensions funded from general taxation are the only means by which developing countries can achieve universal pension coverage on a basis that is equitable for both men and women. Such schemes can be found in a number of developed and developing countries and have been very successful in reducing poverty in old age for both women and men, this paper, published in the journal Gender and Development, and written by our CEO Stephen Kidd, argues.

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