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The right to nationality is one of the 30 basic human rights we are all entitled to. However, as a new film from the Equal Rights Trust (watch left) points out: 27 countries around the world do not allow women to pass down their citizenship to their children. That means that, if your father is not around, you might wind up stateless – likely making you unemployable.
Even in the U.S., a child born outside of a marriage can only be granted citizenship if “a blood relationship between the person and the father is established by clear and convincing evidence” or “the father (unless deceased) has agreed in writing to provide financial support for the person until the person reaches the age of 18 years."