Numbers count. So should girls.

Why Count Girls?

Approximately one person in twelve around the world is a girl or young woman aged 10–24. Yet many developing countries do not account for the number of girls in their population. Due to an unavailability of systems to count these girls, and sometimes simply due to a lack of political will, girls will be denied birth certificates or other forms of official identification.  This means that as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job in the formal business sector. She will not be able to own her own or inherit land, start her own business, or vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid – an invisible member of society.

Update: The House of Representatives just voted unanimously to pass the Girls Count Act. The Senate passed the bill at the end of May, which means it now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law!

Congress passing the Girls Count Act is a huge step toward helping girls (and boys) everywhere reach their full potential. When a child isn’t registered, they are invisible in the eyes of their government and their society. And girls are disproportionately affected.

Read the full story here. 

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  • signed 2015-08-18 09:35:50 -0400
  • signed 2015-08-17 14:38:56 -0400
  • signed 2015-08-15 17:50:34 -0400
    Thank You, Members of Congress for trying to open the eyes of the nation so they can see a bit more clearly now.
  • signed 2015-08-13 16:33:27 -0400
  • signed 2015-08-12 12:00:02 -0400
    The United States is amazing, and always seems to amaze me of how much of an impact it can make. As a student from a third-world country I am lucky to be part of a Nation that wants change. However, it does not mean because I’m a girl I’m signing this petition, but because I want to be a voice to all of those who are silent. I want to assure them no matter how far and how, dark, and quiet their world might seem. There is a voice and I want to be that voice, so Mr. President please speak up for the girls who do not have a voice, because in darkness light will always come through.

    -Ala Mohamed
  • signed 2015-08-09 05:34:18 -0400
  • signed 2015-08-02 15:23:50 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-31 03:56:35 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-30 18:53:46 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-27 14:39:01 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-26 13:14:25 -0400
    I hope with the help of many people, we can come together as a family and change the world!
  • signed 2015-07-26 13:03:06 -0400
    The status here in India is even more challenging. Lack of education, awareness, socio-cultural backdrop and many more macro environmental issues.

    The government is taking on multi-faceted projects and trying their sources but implementation at such a large geographical area and huge population is an arduous challenge.

    I have taken an initiative with the vision of uniting the nations of world to raise voice and be a part of change starting with addition and awareness of students and citizens.

    One World One Family…Lets Care is about caring this planet for tomorrow.

    I would like to be part of all such great initiatives taken by UN and would be a part of this giant step.

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  • signed 2015-07-25 10:03:45 -0400
    pakistan is not save
  • signed 2015-07-25 03:39:50 -0400
  • signed via 2015-07-21 20:25:50 -0400
    Discrimination of any kind simply highlight the darkest impulse of man kind, I strongly believe in the creed that everyone is not only created equal but also has a property in their own self and no gender is inferior to the other irrespective of the biological differences.
  • signed 2015-07-21 16:40:49 -0400
    Women constitute half of the population of the Earth and are entitled to equal right. The human society is not only denying the most basic human rights to this large section of the population but also impeding its own development and wellbeing. Leaving a girl without an identification with no possibility to benefit from social, economic and material life of society, is the same as practicing slavery.
  • signed 2015-07-20 23:28:16 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-17 16:51:22 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-16 01:11:08 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-15 20:26:11 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-15 15:41:00 -0400
    i am using this medium to thank them in anticipation.
  • signed 2015-07-14 21:05:42 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-14 19:46:09 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-14 15:16:08 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-10 17:46:53 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-09 16:08:12 -0400
    I support this act with all of my heart! I am a student studying Political Science & International Relations at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst & have been involved in non-profits that help women/girls empowerment. One day I aspire to work for UN Women because I believe int he rights of women all around the world. Please keep me up to date with the progress of the bill. If there is any way I can help please let me know. I would love to volunteer/intern!


    All the best,

    Selin Uzumcu
  • signed 2015-07-09 10:58:10 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-08 12:12:44 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-07 18:59:22 -0400
  • signed 2015-07-03 03:02:00 -0400