Fully functional CRVS systems that focus on and include women can help redress pre-existing gender inequalities between women and men.
Civil registration and identity documents help to remedy these inequalities by:
- Ensuring children’s access to healthcare and education;
- Protecting women and girls against early marriage;
- Securing inheritance rights and fair divorce;
- Facilitating women’s access to political participation and modern financial services.
This brief, authored by Data2X as part of the IDRC’s CRVS Gender Knowledge Brief series, explores why CRVS systems matter (more) for women than men and why the inclusion of women matters for fully functioning CRVS systems. It also demonstrates how CRVS systems can be harnessed to shed light on gender data gaps and improve the lives of women and girls.