This newsletter, the final IAFN publication for this year, raises issues about birth registration and identity. A birth certificate "is a small paper but it actually establishes who you are and gives access to the rights and the privileges and the obligations of citizenship."
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Articles from different parts of the Anglican Communion make clear the many vulnerabilities of those whose births are not registered (approximately 51 million each year). They may be excluded from health care, education and formal participation in society, and have scant protection from trafficking; early marriage and child labour. The articles also show how churches are uniquely placed in their communities to educate about the importance of registration and to assist families and individuals in achieving registration processes. In so doing, churches can serve as an important agent in securing citizenship for children and ensuring that they are included in its benefits and protection
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Count Every Child
Please note: the views of individual contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the International Anglican Family Network