UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM welcomes the call by the Special Rapporteur on Poverty to address non take-up of social protection benefits, providing avenues for reflection in the case of mothers and their children in relation to Early Childhood Development.
The June 2022 report of the SR on poverty on ‘Non-take-up of rights in the context of social protection’ raises a critical question: ‘what good is social protection when precisely those it is destined to uplift are prevented from enjoying it?’
This question is particularly relevant for mothers and other unpaid caregivers. Child poverty can have a long-term impact on children’s health and education, and be costly in the long run. It is therefore crucial to address non-take-up by poor families, especially single mothers.
The aim of MMM’s statement was to complement the report with 2 additional points.
We at MMM fully support the call to governments by the Special Rapporteur to urgently address non-take-up; but would urge non-take-up by families with children to be prioritised.
As reminded in the report, social protection is an investment, not an expense to be minimized – and in the case of children, it is the best investment a country can make.
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