Legal identity of women supported by new Clinton-Bloomberg UN partnership

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Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg. UN Photo

An international initiative to help women and girls gain legal identity is partnering with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The announcement was delivered by two US politicians, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

They both support the work of Data2X, named for the power women have to multiply progress in their societies, and which works to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

It is estimated that 135 million children under the age of five in Asia and the Pacific have not had their birth registered, and are unable to prove who they or who their parents are.

These children, as well as the many people of other ages in the region without a lawful identity, do not exist from a legal perspective..

Data2X objectives is to build partnerships to improve data collection to help guide policy on the issue of legal identity.

The UN says the partnership with Mrs Clinton and Mr Bloomberg on this initiative will ensure that efforts to improve civil registration contribute to gender equality by giving attention to challenges faced by women and girls.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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