by Kristina F. Singh on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
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.
Today, most countries require birth certificates to be issued within a certain period after birth. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also enshrines the right for all children to have their births registered.