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Role of UN Economic Commission for Africa - Mainstreaming gender into CRVS

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Presentation by Oliver Chinganya (UNECA) at the High-Level Panel and technical consultations on Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to Meeting the 2030 Gender Agenda - Ottawa, 26 February 2018.

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Role of UN Economic Commission for Africa - Mainstreaming gender into CRVS

  1. 1. Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda Role of UN Economic Commission for Africa Mainstreaming gender into CRVS Oliver Chinganya African Centre for Statistics February 2018
  2. 2. Introduction  A complete & efficient CRVS system with quality, comprehensive, timely & disaggregated data is essential to the continuous production of reliable demographic & health information, including maternal mortality & cause of death.  A complete CRVS is important in monitoring of progress towards most SDGs - more than one third of the SDGs indicators require reliable vital statistics .  A well-functioning CRVS can also provide information that can be used to identify and tackle key gender issues in different areas of development such as education, social protection, legal protection, health, etc.  Despite recognizing the crucial role of a well-functioning CRVS systems in bridging gender data gap, efforts towards the improvement of CRVS in Africa have paid little attention to this nexus. 2
  3. 3. What is ECA doing? ECA hosts the Secretariat of the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS)  In collaboration with Regional Core Group, it coordinates the implementation of APAI-CRVS which includes capacity building, technical assistance, advocacy & monitoring, thus;  Developing guidelines, methodologies & tools to guide the CRVS systems improvement in African countries, including development of Comprehensive Assessment Manual & Strategic Plans Manual;  Providing capacity building & technical advisory services to member states in the development of their CRVS systems to undertake comprehensive assessment & develop action plans including implementation of those plans. 3
  4. 4. What ECA is doing with others? In addition;  There is ongoing discussion amongst the implementers of APAI-CRVS to review all these manual and training materials to take into account emerging issues including gender, compatibility between common and civil law procedures in marriage, etc.  ECA in partnership with Regional Core Group and Data2X are working on a project aiming at introducing innovative and practical ways to collect, manage and disseminate civil registration data on marriage and divorce registration. 4
  5. 5. Next steps! As way of addressing some of the issues and gaps:  Conduct three country assessments to identify:  country’s legal environment and cultural practices surrounding marriage;  a country’s social, economic, and legal barriers to registration;  gender biases within the legal systems that govern marriage and divorce;  current data practices for capturing marriage and divorce registration. 5
  6. 6. Next Steps (Cont’d) Then !  Expand the CRVS Comprehensive Assessment Tools to include questions regarding gender-related barriers to marriage and divorce registration;  Develop a regional assessment guidelines to inform future country assessments on marriage & divorce barriers;  Undertake advisory services to support countries in implementing the new assessment procedures  Disseminate the methodology established at a workshop on best practice and lessons learned with all countries and professionals and experts in the CRVS systems. 6
  7. 7. Next steps & conclusion Other outputs!  Based on outcome, APAI-CRVS will review and update other material developed, including CRVS Digitization Guidebook, in order to incorporate gender dimension in all areas, including birth, mortality, cause of mortality, marriage and divorce.  Develop a strategy to mainstream gender issues in the production of annual Vital statistics on various vital events such as births, deaths, marriage divorces and cause of deaths. Conclusion! Integration of Gender issues in CRVS systems is MUST to assure universal & inclusive development in the light of SDGs - “leaving no one behind”  Funding will be critical to make this happen  Working together as “Trusted Partners” is key 7
  8. 8. Thank you 8

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