Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) is a fundamental data collection system for countries and a critical enabler of access to services and participation in civic life for individuals. However, women face unique barriers to accessing CRVS systems, including distance, cost, and regulations that place demands on women for documentation not required from men.
CRVS is also a critical link to legal identification. Women without IDs cannot open a bank account, access credit, vote, or inherit property. They cannot take advantage of economic opportunities and exercise their rights as citizens.
Experts from CGD, Data2X, and the World Bank Group will discuss what the data tells us about gender gaps in CRVS and other forms of legal identification, and how we can address these gaps. What are the gender-based barriers to accessing these systems and what can be done to remove them? What are the effects of women’s under-registration, for women themselves, their children, and for national-level data collection? And what types of interventions work to remove barriers to registration?