Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda

Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda

CRVS systems play an important role in empowering women. Proof of birth and marriage registration can affirm a woman’s legal status, protecting her rights to inheritance after the death of a parent or spouse.

Today participants gather together for a one-day event looking specifically at how CRVS systems can contribute to meeting the global agenda on achieving gender equality. Hosted by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems at IDRC, this meeting will comprise a High-Level Panel and technical consultations focused on  Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda.

The day will begin with welcoming remarks from our own president, Jean Lebel, followed by remarks from Ms. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie; Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP); Josie B. Perez, Assistant Secretary and Deputy National Statistician at the Censuses and Technical Coordination Office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA); and Jean Louis Ville, Head of Unit for Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, DEVCO, at the European Commission.

The day has three named objectives:

  1. To inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems.
  2. To showcase promising ideas, preliminary efforts and realistic opportunities to address gender issues in CRVS systems.
  3. To catalyse the conversation about sustainable solutions at the political, policy and programmatic levels for generating reliable, real time, disaggregated data to inform policies and programs for improved lives for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals seek to eliminate poverty and create better life conditions for everyone. For this, gender equality is a precondition.

To help achieve gender equality and empower women, it is critical to have data that are reliable, timely, and disaggregated by age and sex. The data must also capture limitations on and inequalities of women’s rights, both de jure and de facto. Only then will data serve to guide better policies and programs, particularly for the underserved and hard to reach, the overwhelming majority of whom are women and children. However, existing data gaps from incomplete or failing CRVS systems hamper the ability of governments and partners to achieve the ambitious 2030 agenda.

Today these gaps will be examined, and potential solutions considered. Follow the discussions online via the live webcast of the event or use #CRVS2030 or CRVSGender to join the conversation on social media.

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