CEDAW Concluding Observations: Angola, 2019

Published: 14/Mar/2019
Source: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Concluding observations on the seventh periodic report of Angola



33.The Committee takes note of the legislative and policy-related measures taken by the State party to expedite the process of acquiring identity documents. It is concerned, however, about the following:

(a) Many women, in particular rural women, face barriers to obtaining identity documents, which restricts their access to, inter alia, education, health care, employment opportunities, bank loans and property;

(b)The requirement that both parents be present during birth registration, which is a hindrance to timely registration.

34. In line with its general recommendation No. 32 (2014) on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Strengthen efforts to ensure the issuance of identity documents free of charge throughout its territory, including by increasing effective coordination among relevant ministries and connecting birth registration with social protection, health, education and social services;

(b) Remove the requirement that both parents be present for birth registration.

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Themes: International standards, Discrimination, Gender, Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Angola
Year: 2019