How can we strengthen CRVS systems as a means to improving gender equality?

  • UN Conference Room New York, New York USA

Hosted by: PARIS21, Global Affairs Canada, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Data2X, Philippine Statistics Authority, and the Republic of the Philippines


Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are an important source of administrative data on vital statistics, providing information on the vital events occurring to the entire population and is comparable across time and space and allows for disaggregation at the lowest level of geography and by age and sex. It is the only source of universal and continuous demographic and health data that has the potential to provide information for multiple sectors (e.g., health, education, labor, social welfare, etc.) and help local and national governments to plan the provision of public services, design development programs, and assess whether these have met their intended objectives. A well- functioning CRVS system registers all births, deaths, marriages, divorces and adoptions; issues the relevant certificates; and compiles and disseminates vital statistics, including cause of death information. 

Over the past few years, the CRVS agenda has gained much attention and momentum as witnessed by the establishment of various initiatives such as the Global Financing Facility and the Africa Programme on Accelerated Programme on CRVS (APAI-CRVS), greater investment by countries like Canada and Norway and apparent interest and linkages with the health sector. However, as discussed in a recent seminar held at the Center for Global Development, seeing the importance of CRVS systems through a gender lens has only started, and requires much improvement. In this context, PARIS21, alongside the Republic of the Philippines, Global Affairs Canada, UN Economic Commission for Africa and Data2X, are pleased to use the opportunity of the High-Level Political Forum to host an event to dig deeper into the challenges, opportunities and solutions to strengthening CRVS systems as a means to improving gender equality.