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What?s in a name? Changing policies and beliefs in favour of women in Peru

Millions of people around the world cannot open a bank account, obtain credit, vote, own or inherit property, get a job or a passport, access health care, or sometimes even go to school. The reason? Because they do not have a birth certificate. Until recently, thousands of babies born to single mothers in Peru were denied the right to a name because they were not registered by both their parents. This paper shows how the Alliance for Citizen Rights, a network of non-government organisations, public organisations, women’s groups, childhood organisations, academics, and politicians, worked together to change the law and challenge deeply held prejudices against women. Availavle also in French and Spanish.

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    Oxfam GB, Programme Insights. Speaking Out: How the voices of poor people are shaping the future http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/learning/right_heard/programmeinsights_speaking_out.html (http://oxfam.intelli-direct.com/e/d.dll?m=234&url=http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/learning/right_heard/downloads/prog_insights_speaking_10_Peru.pdf)