Meeting on gender and CRVS (

On February 26, 2018, the Centre of Excellence and its partners organized a high-level panel and technical consultation sessions to inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in CRVS systems. The theme of the one-day meeting was, "Making the invisible visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 gender agenda."

Close to 100 policy and practice experts from around the world gathered in Ottawa to discuss the current state of the field, evaluate opportunities and challenges, and identify achievable areas that could help strengthen CRVS systems to better capture the vital events of women and girls. 

Find out why CRVS systems are essential to protecting the rights and meeting the needs of women and girls by reading the meeting report (, and watching the video series of the proceedings! You may also consult the meeting agenda (

In this video, high level guests provide introductory remarks on the importance of registering and counting the vital events of women and girls. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, reminded the audience of the importance of gender inclusivity in all aspects of development: “If you want to eliminate poverty, empower women. If you want to achieve peace, involve women. And if you want to achieve economic growth, invest in women." Other speakers are Jean Lebel, IDRC; Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; and Jean Louis Ville, European Commission.
In this high level panel, presenters discuss the role of UN agencies, donors, regional organizations and national governments in closing gaps in gender equality. Strengthening CRVS systems is not only an issue of improving the data, but also includes improving the systems and processes that produce the data to ensure more use and impact. Speakers are Rachel Snow, United Nations Population Fund; Francesca Perucci, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Haishan Fu, World Bank; Oliver Chinganya, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and Jaime Bulande Guta, Mozambique. Moderated by IDRC’s Montasser Kamal.
In this technical consultation session, speakers discuss priority areas for research, such as data gaps on marriage registration and death registration by sex, as well as knowledge gaps on the proximate constraints women may face. More detailed and systematic research on the benefits of CRVS systems, assessments of CRVS systems, and the factors influencing access to registration are needed to develop an appropriate knowledge base to support effective policy making and impact. Presenters are Mayra Buvinic, Data2X; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch on behalf of Papa Seck, UN Women; Martin W. Bratschi, Deputy Director, Technical Implementation for CRVS Improvement Program, Vital Strategies; and Romesh Silva, United Nations Population Fund. Moderated by IDRC’s Irina Dincu.
In this video, presenters discuss CRVS and gender in the context of the 2030 sustainable development goals. To achieve gender equality and empower women, it is critical to have data that is reliable, timely, and disaggregated by age and sex. The data must also capture limitations on women's rights and inequalities affecting their rights. Only then will data serve to guide better policies and programs, particularly for the underserved and hard to reach. Featuring Jenna Slotin, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; Tanja Suvilaakso, Plan International Canada; Sarah Hendriks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Kristen Wenz, United Nations Children’s Fund. Moderated by Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch.
In this video, Irina Dincu (IDRC) and Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch) highlight key points from the day’s sessions, and moderate a discussion on key take away messages and next steps to move the CRVS-gender agenda forward.

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