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Blockchain has transformative potential beyond finance and
commerce. One opportunity: humanitarian efforts to protect
the interests of refugees, subsistence farmers, and the
millions of women with no legal identity.

M

y grandmother was never formally given
a name. And whenever I asked her how old she
was, she would tell me she didn't know. Like a lot
of women of her generation in her country, she
didn't have a birth certificate. Her lack of official
identity papers made it easier for her family to
marry her off at age 9 or 10. This also prevented
her from achieving financial independence.
Because she couldn't get a bank account, her
entire savings consisted of three bracelets.
This should be ancient history. But even today,
as many as one billion people around the world
don't have a legal identity. Others have papers
with information, such as their date of birth, that

has been falsified. And, as was the case with my
grandmother, the lack of valid documentation
can have serious consequences. Throughout
the world, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin
America, no papers or fake papers can push a
girl out of school and into the factory, or force

MY GRANDMOTHER WAS NEVER
FORMALLY GIVEN A NAME. AND
WHENEVER I ASKED HER HOW
OLD SHE WAS, SHE WOULD TELL
ME SHE DIDN'T KNOW.

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