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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  • Kiera Knighten
    signed 2015-09-16 14:42:20 -0400
  • AmnA Hussain
    signed 2015-09-16 07:06:20 -0400
  • Derica Jackson
    signed 2015-09-14 21:12:19 -0400
    Empowering girls is essential to economic, social, and political development in communities around the world. Thank you Congress, passing the Girls Count Act makes strides for gender equality.
  • Madeleine Nutt
    signed 2015-09-13 21:37:34 -0400
  • Zehra Khan
    signed 2015-09-13 15:31:56 -0400
  • Susej Mendoza
    signed 2015-09-01 17:33:12 -0400
  • Kristine Graham
    signed 2015-08-28 21:34:55 -0400
  • Maesha Meto
    signed 2015-08-28 12:34:08 -0400
  • Tia Arvaneh
    signed 2015-08-24 01:01:23 -0400
  • Raafay Tahir
    signed via 2015-08-23 02:16:42 -0400
  • Andrea Gonzalez
    signed via 2015-08-21 22:11:53 -0400
  • Dina Hamadi
    signed 2015-08-19 14:08:53 -0400
  • Sree Bodepudi
    signed 2015-08-18 15:53:02 -0400
  • Joy Tiku Enighe
    signed 2015-08-18 09:35:50 -0400
  • Sapphire Brown
    signed 2015-08-17 14:38:56 -0400
  • Nikhil Trehan
    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.
  • Anastasiia Polyakov
    signed 2015-08-13 16:33:27 -0400
  • Ala Mohamed
    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
  • Arin Zwonitzer
    signed 2015-08-09 05:34:18 -0400
  • Shayir Aniqa
    signed 2015-08-02 15:23:50 -0400
  • Crystal Coriano
    signed 2015-07-31 03:56:35 -0400
  • Darrah Jones
    signed 2015-07-30 18:53:46 -0400
  • Fabiola Jean
    signed 2015-07-27 14:39:01 -0400
  • Hani Haad
    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!
  • Gaurav Khare
    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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  • zafar iqbal gill
    signed 2015-07-25 10:03:45 -0400
    pakistan is not save
  • Sophia Liu
    signed 2015-07-25 03:39:50 -0400
  • Adelaja Olaneye
    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.
  • Celeste Buckingham
    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.
  • Rya Hodges
    signed 2015-07-20 23:28:16 -0400