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Gender, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, and Legal Identification: Where Are the Gaps and How Can We Close Them?
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.