Gender Basics

Identifying and Prioritizing Gender Inequities in Vital Statistics and Health Data

Health data and vital statistics together enable countries to understand their burden of disease and any changes in mortality rates and causes over time. Having this information is critical for health policy and program decision-making. Explicitly examining data for differentials in sex, gender, and other defining characteristics such as ethnicity and subnational location is critical […]

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Gender-Exclusive CRVS Systems

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems impact people’s lives, and the aggregate data collected affects decisions made by a government on health policy issues. Through the civil registration process, individuals prove their identity and civil and marital status while governments gain the evidence base for making administrative decisions to impact diverse groups of individuals […]

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How Gender Norms affect Completeness of CRVS Death Registries

Gender is context specific and can change over time. Gender norms set expectations for relationships between and among women, men, boys, girls, and gender diverse people, and determine expectations of people’s roles in households and communities.  Gender norms affect the completeness and accuracy of civil registries and vital statistics systems (CRVS). Many countries require a […]

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A Human Rights Approach to Gender-Inclusive CRVS Systems

Several international and regional human rights instruments offer rights protections related to CRVS systems:  Proving one’s identity is also a condition for exercising the fundamental rights to vote, own property, work, migrate, receive an education, receive social security, and maintain an adequate standard of living, among others.  To respect, fulfil and protect the human rights […]

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The Importance of Protecting Women’s Rights in CRVS Systems

Well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are characterized by their continuity, permanence, and universality. These key principles are in line with the cyclical nature of vital events that are updated throughout our lives. For this reason, all groups of people benefit from a CRVS system that is continuous and permanent. A universal CRVS […]

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Male Engagement in Gender Equity Work

Evidence shows that engaging men in health across the life span can effectively improve health and equity outcomes, particularly for women and children. For the past 12 years, global approaches to engage men in gender equity have focused mainly on men’s role as being supportive for their partners’ family planning and sexual and reproductive health […]

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