Oliver Chinganya is the Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). In this video, he reflects on the importance of civil registration for women, especially in Africa.
According to Mr. Chinganya, CRVS systems are critical in many ways, particularly for African countries, where registration of vital statistics is very low, with birth registration only at 56%, and death registration at around 40%. This means that a lot of data and information is never registered nor captured. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
Mr. Chinganya continues by saying that it is very important that women, in particular, are empowered by ensuring they are registered. When women are registered, this allows them to have access education and credit. Moreover, when women are registered, they are more likely to make sure that also their children are registered.
Additionally, civil registration of women allows having better information in terms of their contribution to the labor force and to the GDP. This is true in particular for the agricultural sector, which in many African countries is the biggest contributor to the GDP and the sector where most of the women are employed. As a consequence of the lack of registration and statistics, Mr. Chinganya concludes, the GDP is currently underestimated in many African countries.
This video was captured at the gender and CRVS meeting held at IDRC, in Ottawa on February 26, 2018.