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The EU: a responsible donor

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Presentation by Jean-Louis Ville (European Commission) 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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The EU: a responsible donor

  1. 1. The EU: a responsible donor Jean-Louis Ville European Commission DG DEVCO
  2. 2. Comprehensive CRVS – Leave no one behind • Priority for the EU as a matter of good governance to inform policies • EU focuses on providing legal identity for all, especially women, children, minorities, disabled, displaced…. • Support to all aspects of civil registration, assisting partner countries to improve birth registration rates, their identity systems, and rates of marriage, divorce and death declarations.
  3. 3. EU Commitments on Gender • The New European Consensus for Development adopted on 7th June 2017: gender as core value, mainstreamed in all policies and programmes, rights-based approach, leave no one behind (LNOB) regardless of ethnicity, gender, SOGI…. Aligned with Agenda 2030. • 2nd Gender Action Plan 2016-2020  Our main tool to contribute to Agenda 2030 SDG 5  Adopted by the Council of the EU on 26th October 2015  Mandatory for all external relations of the EU, including MS and EUDs and for all staff at all levels  Evidence based (gender analysis is mandatory for all new initiative) and result oriented (Indicators in line with the SDG and RF)  Focus on three different thematic areas instead of "one size fits all” =) Crucial importance of civil registration for all, incl. women & girls, as prerequisite to ensure implementation of Leave No One Behind approach and EU Gender Action Plan.
  4. 4. GAP II Thematic Priorities 4 Ensuring girls’ and women's physical and psychological integrity Promoting the social and economic rights / empowerment of women and girls Strengthening girls' and women's voice and participation Institutional Culture Shift to more effectively deliver on EU committments (HORIZONTAL goal)
  5. 5. EU funding for Civil Registration entails: • Support to strengthening administrations' capacity to manage comprehensive civil registration systems • Support to health systems for better birth registration (best practice) • Digitalisation and new technologies only in contexts where they have an added value.
  6. 6. EU funding for Civil Registration • Support for birth registration and civil registration through partnerships with UNICEF (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia, Yemen) • Support for capacity building of national authorities through budget support (Senegal, Burkina Faso) • Comprehensive civil registration programmes with EU Member States development agencies (Mali)
  7. 7. Why is it key to take Gender on board in EU CRVS programmes ? 7 Even if girls and boys overall equally registered, gender consideration are often overlooked: - Women often disadvantaged in ability to register children and benefit disproportionately, - Difference between better-off and poor uneducated women, - In certain cases request for women to be legally married / men consent to register children. - Crucial to record girls at birth and marriages (as well as divorces) to fight against child early and forced marriage (EU priority) and provide with possibility for legal recourse, protection of property, inheritance, child recognition, legal ID for bank account…. - Know causes of women's deaths to inform policies, - Birth registration and legal identity vital for access to better gender- sensitive services (incl. health, education). =) WE CAN DO BETTER, IT'S A MATTER OF GOOD GOVERNANCE to inform gender-sensitive policies

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