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How can vital event registration support women’s rights and empowerment? Join us on Wednesday, April 21 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm to learn more. The Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems, housed at the International Development Research Centre, is pleased to be co-hosting a side-event with  the United Nations Population Fund as part of the United Nations’ Commission for Population and Development.

This side event will share recent field research insights and lessons learned from ConVERGE (“Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality”) - a joint multi-country initiative of the United Nations Population Fund and the Centre of Excellence on CRVS Systems. It will highlight the strategic value of inclusive civil registration and vital statistics systems and their foundational role in advancing gender equality and bodily autonomy, demonstrating why registering vital events across the life course from birth to marriage and death is important for women to exercise their rights and access services to which they are entitled.

Keynote speakers and presenters will explore how vital statistics can and are being used to advance evidence and action to address gender-based sex selection, adolescent fertility, preventable maternal deaths, and gender equality within marital unions.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Diene Keita, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA
  • Jean Lebel, President, IDRC
  • Prisca Umugeni, Population Data Fellow in Benin
  • Ledy Manuela Mosquera Moreno, Executive Director and Midwife, ASOREDIPAR
  • Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy, International Women's Health Coalition

The event will offer English, French, and Spanish translation. All are welcome.

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