Rachel Snow, Branch Chief for Population and Development at the UNFPA talks about the importance of CRVS systems women’s rights. Birth registration establishes every person’s identity; but death registration is equally significant as it indicates the causes of women’s death. Too often given the lack of death registration among women critical information is unrecorded leaving persistent unknowns around the key areas of women’s health.
Additionally, she underlines the importance of marriage and divorce registration, which are too often neglected. Many women in the world are in unions that are not registered; it may be because they don’t have a formal marriage, or because they have a customary marriage or a religious marriage. Often post-colonial judicial systems do not recognize these marriages. Therefore if a woman gets divorced, is widowed, or separates from her partner, she has no means of proving that she was in a union. This can lead to a loss of property rights and custody of her children.
Rachel Snow asserts that a lifecycle approach needed, from birth registration to marriage registration, divorce registration and death registration. All of these are critical to women’s rights.
This video was captured at the gender and CRVS meeting held at IDRC, in Ottawa on February 26, 2018.