290 million children do not officially exist. Support the Girls Count Act
Imagine if you didn’t exist. You have no birth certificate, and the government has no record that you were ever born. For most of us, this is incomprehensible. But for millions of girls around the world, this is reality.
Even though most countries have birth registration laws, according to UNICEF, 4 out of 10 births worldwide were not registered in 2012. That’s 290 million children living around the world today who are not counted. And this disproportionately affects the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries, deeply limiting their access to life-changing resources and opportunities.
Time and time again, we have seen that when girls are empowered, they can change the world. But to have that chance, first they have to be counted.
The Girls Count Act will make getting girls (and boys) a birth certificate a priority of U.S. foreign policy. Through this legislation, the U.S. will work directly with organizations like the United Nations, non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, and others to help ensure all children are registered and everyone has an opportunity to succeed.
The bill was recently passed with unanimous consent in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. All we need now is for President Obama to sign this bill into law.
President Obama has long been an advocate for girls’ and women’s rights, and we need his help to get to work, ensuring that all girls are counted. Raise your voice: Join with our Girl Up campaign and tell President Obama to sign the Girls Count Act.
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