With free birth registration, Angola promotes a child's right to legal identity

To address the epidemic of undocumented children in Angola, the government recently passed a new law establishing free birth registration for children under five at maternity hospitals.

UNICEF non-governmental partner ‘Step in CARE’ assists residents of Angola’s Kwanyama municipality by taking registration cases directly to the Justice Ministry to speed up the process. In Cunene’s provincial capital, Step in CARE Coordinator João Tchite Culo has a two-pronged strategy. He spends half his time strengthening local administrative systems and the other half working directly in the community. There, he trains village organizers like Ms. Tuyenikelao to write formal documents and to negotiate with government officials when necessary.

The organizers also receive training in community mobilization – learning how to get people together to articulate their problems so that solutions can be found.

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