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Gender and CRVS Meeting - Main Takeaways

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Summary of main takeaways from 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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Gender and CRVS Meeting - Main Takeaways

  1. 1. Summary of the Gender Dimensions of CRVS  Women and girls benefit greatly from well-functioning CRVS systems, particularly those who are underserved. Proper birth registration provide the foundation for empowerment, the exercise of civil, political and socioeconomic rights, and a gateway to accessing social and financial services.  Together birth and marriage registration can combat early child marriage and child labor. Marriage/Divorce registration allows custody of property/children in the event of a divorce and allows for rightful inheritance in the event of a spouse’s death.  Accurately death registration provides insight into infant and maternal mortality and can inform design of policies.  Lack of high-quality sex-disaggregated death registration data is a major challenge to understanding. More research and knowledge is needed around incentives (what works and why) as well as success and failure case studies.  However, women still face many financial, cultural and legal barriers to reaping the benefits of CRVS. For example, cost to registration; requirements of the husband’s presence; failure to capture customary marriages by the system; burial practices. Questions to keep in mind…..  To what extent has this innovation considered the point of view of women in its design?  To what extent do our global tools or guidance on CRVS include modules on gender?  To what extent did this tool consider the possible gender biases in statistical collection? The aim of yesterday’s meeting was to make CRVS systems less gender blind and more gender transformative. 1
  2. 2. Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda 2 What we discussed What we accomplished What’s next • Prioritization: The importance of CRVS has been recognized but it needs to be prioritized under national development plans, statistical plans, and global agendas (Cape Town Global Action Plan, High Level Political Forum, HLG-PCCB, etc.) • Funding and finances: There is a need to strengthen and better communicate the economic, political social value for CRVS, leverage current initiatives and ongoing efforts, and find low-hanging fruits. • Partnership and collaboration: Strong CRVS systems require participation from all parts of government (Civil registry; health ministries; ministries of justice; statistical office) as well as private sector. • Knowledge and research: More knowledge is needed on what works, why it works, and how it works in regard to incentivizing registration and understanding the barriers women face. • Balance: There is a need to strike a balance between investing in ID systems and CRVS system as well as a balance between birth, marriage/divorce, and death.  We convened statisticians, researchers, gender experts etc. to discuss a critical subject for the 2030 Agenda – Gender and CRVS.  We recognized the critical role CRVS plays in the SDGs, in the lives of women and girls, and within human right and legal frameworks.  We heard commitments and action plans from national governments, UN and international agencies, and civil society organizations.  We reviewed challenges and opportunities to make progress on CRVS and gender.  We will ensure the results of the CRVS-Gender meetings are brought to the global agenda. (i.e. CRVS Innovations Conference, UN World Data Forum)  CoE will continue to offer opportunities for discussions on the subject and convene stakeholders to shape the future of the agenda.  We will share an outcome document from today’s meeting highlighting main discussion points, findings and recommendations.

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