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Some Women Never Get Birth Certificates And That's A Huge Problem For All Of Us

Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday to discuss how giving women the same opportunities as men can help the global community.

"If women have the choice when and how often to have babies, their community and their own personal lives are improved," she said. "If girls are allowed to stay in school just two more years, it has an impact on the GDP of their country."

Calvin said one major problem is that some women in developing countries don't even receive proper documentation when they're born, making it hard to track their progress later in life.

"One of the biggest problems we have is that data is unavailable. We simply don't know how many girls are born and when because they don't get birth certificates," Calvin said. "So that makes it pretty hard to say when they should get married or when they shouldn't. They don't have the right to land because they don't have a birth certificate. So there's a whole set of issues from financial inclusion to sexual violence to the right to work that have to do with what we understand about women today."

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