by Danielle M. Rosenberg on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
Worldwide, almost a third of all births aren't registered. Nationally, registration rates vary widely, from 3 percent in Somalia to 100 percent in Bhutan. In some cases, that's because birth certificates don't seem useful to parents. For someone who lives in a remote part of a country that doesn't provide any obvious citizenship benefits, there's not much of an incentive to bother with registering a child.
Also contested are attempts to reflect changing notions of family headship on birth certificates. Japan's koseki system, which oversees birth, death, and marriage registration, requires all members of a family to bear the same surname. In practice, this system prevents women from retaining their own last names. Around the world, some people whose last names are different to their children's travel with birth certificates to prove their relationship.