Right to Social Security

Social security is a human right recognized in international law and a pillar in building just societies. It plays a critical role in safeguarding individuals against income insecurity throughout their lives, including during old age, unemployment, sickness, or when caring for dependents. Especially when financed through fair taxation and risk sharing mechanisms, it is a powerful tool for addressing poverty and inequality. And yet, over half of the world’s population lacks any form of social security.

At Human Rights Watch, we investigate the barriers that hinder people from enjoying this right. We advocate for policies that ensure universal coverage, and adequate level of benefits to facilitate a just transition.