Why women in rural communities continue to be the face of statelessness in South Africa

Published: 9/Aug/2023
Source: Daily Maverick (South Africa)

By Sharon Ekambaram, Lindokuhle Mdabe and Geruza Bumba

As we mark Women’s Day we must confront why these women continue to bear the brunt of this existential crisis.

In the heart of South Africa, far from the cosmopolitan cityscapes, lies an unsettling truth that belies the vibrancy of its landscapes. As of 2021, Lawyers for Human Rights’ statelessness project had received more than 2,000 queries about birth registration in the past five years.

The recurring theme? A severe lack of birth registration among those living in remote border regions, areas marked by extreme levels of poverty and limited access to essential government services.

Census data from 2001 and 2011 show that the crisis is not gender-neutral. Women, who comprise 55% of the residents in these areas, are the face of this silent pandemic of statelessness, with black Africans making up 32.2% of this demographic.

Read further: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2023-08-09-statelessness-why-rural-women-continue-to-bear-brunt/

Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2023