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Watch our new animated videos on the importance of CRVS systems

The Centre of Excellence is excited to share two new animated videos on the importance of CRVS systems for good governance, and for advancing gender equality and legal identity for all.

Join us in person or online for a conference on Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality (ConVERGE)

25 - 26 February 2020

The Centre of Excellence has partnered with Open Data Watch and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to co-host a two-day event at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada.

Event details

When: February 25–26, 2020, 9 am to 5:30 pm

Where: International Development Research Centre, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 0B2 Canada


Read the concept note

See the conference agenda

See the full conference program

Inviting Feedback on Conference Outcome Messages

An initial draft highlighting key outcome messages from the two-days of discussions has been developed for broad consultation. Feedback will be collected until March 16, 2020 by emailing

See the draft conference outcome messages 

About ConVERGE

Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality (ConVERGE) will bring together:

  • policy and technical experts
  • government representatives
  • academics
  • youth
  • donor organizations

The event will move beyond discussions on the importance of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems for women and children, and towards securing commitment to find solutions and take action.

Attend in person or online

Space is limited, so please register via Eventbrite to join us in Ottawa. Alternatively, join us online for conference sessions webcast in English and French.

The power of CRVS systems for achieving gender equality

CRVS systems are essential to achieving 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5 on gender equality.

When CRVS systems covers entire populations, women and girls are counted in key indicators such as population, mortality rates, and causes of mortality. This enables governments and other actors to monitor the status of women and children.

Civil registration is also a powerful form of protection for women, children, and other vulnerable groups. It provides legal identity, empowering individuals to access education, health services, and economic opportunities. Proof of legal identity can afford women and children rightful claim to inheritance or property, as well as protection against child marriage.

The challenge

Women, children, and marginalized groups can gain the most from civil registration – yet they’re also the most likely to be excluded from it. They face many barriers to access, such as lack of financial independence, cultural norms, and outdated legislation.

Women and children’s exclusion from population data makes them ‘invisible,’ and the lack of legal identity exacerbates their vulnerability to poverty, abuse, and exploitation.

Why ConVERGE is important

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems has set out to inspire global commitment to integrating gender analysis across activities that strengthen CRVS systems. The event aims to

  • Identify and debate how gender sensitive CRVS systems complement other data systems
  • Strategize how to increase political support for the CRVS gender agenda
  • Explore how social norms and political economies affect the functioning of CRVS systems
  • Inspire and encourage action from event participants
  • Identify areas of research needed to increase the knowledge base on CRVS systems and gender
  • Foster links between the global CRVS gender agenda and ongoing gender equality commitments

Learn more

Find out more about gender and CRVS issues – and why our collective action is so critical: