Too often, treating women with respect is seen as a luxury. It is not. Violations of human rights during childbirth are all too common in labor wards, hurting women’s chances of surviving pregnancy and childbirth.
This episode of White Ribbon Alliance’s Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast explores Article 9 of the Respectful Maternity Care Charter, and the right every child has to an identity and nationality from birth.
We start with Samuel Senfuka, who went through an arduous process to prove that he had been born and legally existed while applying for school in Uganda. Then we chat with legal identity expert and TED Talk speaker Kristen Wenz about the role of maternal and child health services in upholding the right to an identity and nationality from birth for all children, everywhere.
Together, we have the power to destroy the structures that harm women during pregnancy and childbirth!
- How many people around the world don’t have a birth certificate or “legal identity”?
- What part does gender play in the issue of legal identity?
- Why is it a fundamental human right to have an identity and nationality from birth?
Senior Communications Officer
Legal Identity Expert
Kristen Wenz is regarded as one of the top global experts on civil registration and legal identity. With 15 years of experience working at the country, regional & global levels, her expertise spans across more than 20 thematic areas including; health, gender, innovations & vulnerable populations. She has served as an advisor to governments, the United Nations, the World Bank as well as Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups. Kristen is published author and a public speaker at major conferences and events around the world. Her advocacy efforts include a TED talk called “What if a single human right could change the world?” which has received more than 1.9 million views. Kristen has a Master’s degree from Columbia University and is a proud native from the State of Vermont. Follow Kristen on Twitter @kristenwenz.
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