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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Thank Your Members of Congress for Passing the Girls Count Act

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  • Brittany Dobos
    signed 2015-07-03 03:02:00 -0400
  • Andrea Maria Sipin
    signed 2015-07-02 01:41:20 -0400
  • Michelle Kugel
    signed 2015-06-30 17:48:30 -0400
    I would like to volunteer. I have lived in Russia and England and can already offer a multi-cultural perspective. I strongly believe that education for girls and women everywhere will alleviate poverty and promote basic human rights.
  • Meiling Liu
    signed 2015-06-26 04:11:29 -0400
  • Mattie Mylonas
    signed 2015-06-25 21:07:08 -0400
    “The female being has been chosen by the creator to be the portal between the spiritual realm and the physical realm. The only force on Earth powerful enough to navigate unborn spirits onto this planet. So tell me, why do we not treat her as such?”
  • zara bakhsh
    signed 2015-06-18 02:56:55 -0400
    READ is a non-profit organization initiated to unshackle the poverty stricken children in rural and remote areas of Pakistan by most powerful weapon: education.


    READ VISION

    EMPOWER

    Empower the children in rural and remote areas of Pakistan with education to make them capable of taking their vital roles in progress of the global community.


    READ MISSION

    • High standard Education

    • Healthy environment

    Amalgamate high quality education together with healthy environment of school to breed an intellectual, wise and ethical generation.


    ESSAY IS MEANT FOR OUR FRIENDS , FAMILIES AND GROUP PAGES


    Crippled by security turmoil and ongoing political strife that have struck the backbone of country, Pakistan has not got a chance to reflect on what exactly has hit it drastically. Although Institutes with international courses are blossoming, various programs are striding But amid all the burgeoning progress, it has been continuously losing the strive to garner prominence in global community. There is this continuous presence of vacuum which cannot be filled by indiscriminate efforts.

    Do you want to know what the reason is? It is the haunting hollow of the illiteracy. Voidness of education which has shackled the majority of the nation specially which resides in rural areas and every day its presence goes unnoticed. It is the dark force of illiteracy that has strangled the nation. Our foundation is weak. We have lavishly grand pillars on which nation stands proud but they are empty and it takes not a slight push to crumble the magnificent yet fragile structure.

    Today Pakistan’s economy thrives on the cultivation of thousands of acres of land in with farmers still pushing conventional methods on our lands. But amid all this luxury, the challenges and struggles of the lives of people who do not even earn enough to make hand to mouth a day are going unnoticed. This overgrowing disparity between upper and lower class has almost eliminated middle class. And it is not false to envisage a gloomy future of the nation.

    The rural people are in misery. They long for days of joy. They yearn for days when they are not compelled to send their children to fields rather than schools. Their spirit and resilience is inspiring because despite such destitute conditions, they have realized that complaining would sadly not change their circumstances so they have adapted to the crisis.

    But if the circumstances became challenging to alter, should one loss hope? No! There is no force greater than the spirit of men.

    However, if the change are to take place then it is from us, we the educated class, who can wisely identify the cause and the cure of predicament. We must realize the pounding responsibility on us and invisible bonds we share with each and every child of this nation which is deprived of education. We must realize that the discoveries in which we take pride and the feats we have accomplished are futile if the plight of underprivileged ones goes unheard.

    I ask each and every of you to make a covenant, covenant to build your nation, nation which has Alhumdulillah capability to be the greatest of the world.

    And with taking this pledge, I wish to inform you that I, together with handful of patriotic citizens, have initiated a non-profit organization, READaimed at raising literacy in rural areas, ensuring gender equality and empowering women by initiating schools and ensuring 100% attendance.

    The crisis we stand face-to-face today is intimidating and requires extraordinary amount of time, energy and devotion but to every challenge, solution starts with small and local action. And the goal of literate nation can only be accomplished when all of us unite in the cause with each of us bringing diverse skills resources and relationships.

    No matter how humble the beginning, everything has a starting point and soon our endeavors will transform the lives of our young brothers and sisters holistically.

    Our efforts will help spark a brighter future and lighten a path for others to take as well. Let’s make the resilience in the village people our lifelong inspiration. Let’s dust of the negligence and pick up the tools and start building the nation. This is not my NGO neither of someone else’s, its Pakistan’s NGO. Every citizen has equal right on it and similarly it is responsibility of all the citizens.

    Let’s unite together, let’s struggle together, let’s build together, let’s dream together, lets #READ together.

    -Alone one might go faster, together we can go long way.
  • Elise Skor
    signed 2015-06-14 09:27:16 -0400
  • Megha Verma
    signed 2015-06-12 23:18:06 -0400
  • @unausa tweeted this page. 2015-06-05 16:23:25 -0400
    Thank your Members of Congress for Passing the Girls Count Act http://genun.unausa.org/cosponsor_the_girls_count_act?recruiter_id=2
  • Shlesha Van
    signed via 2015-06-04 16:00:16 -0400
  • mary Woodson
    signed 2015-06-01 21:59:31 -0400
    Every girl and woman counts… I saw a documentary the other day about how the young girls and ladies of all ages were brutally raped in the congo…let’s stop the madness.
  • Humaira Awal
    signed 2015-05-30 12:17:24 -0400
  • Alicia Lopez
    signed 2015-05-28 21:15:07 -0400
  • Rachael Chambers
    signed 2015-05-26 14:58:49 -0400
  • Taeah Truong
    signed 2015-05-22 18:38:28 -0400
  • Mohamed elahmar
    signed via 2015-05-22 01:51:01 -0400
    Nothing to say
  • just kidding
    signed 2015-05-21 22:15:43 -0400
  • Anita Sun
    signed 2015-05-21 09:38:27 -0400
  • Angela Mensah
    signed 2015-05-20 12:20:33 -0400
  • Esther Rono
    signed 2015-05-19 01:36:36 -0400
  • Nikhila Kalapatapu
    signed via 2015-05-17 21:13:20 -0400
  • Aaditya Subramanian
    signed 2015-05-17 20:17:45 -0400
  • Zoe Lovelace
    signed 2015-05-15 14:08:06 -0400
  • Rahila Clara
    signed 2015-05-15 02:28:59 -0400
    My name is Rahila Clara,I live in Philadelphia(US)I was Nursing Home Administrator and Social Worker I spent long time in this field Govt’of Pakistan gave me award for my hard work I was selfsport my husband funded my Organization ,I know how to teach and motivate them people tied with culture and traditions ’ ropes,they dominated by men very hard to survive for women.I hope that you understand the situation,

    thank you very much to hear me.

    Rahila clara
  • Mark Castillo
    signed via 2015-05-14 20:57:07 -0400
  • Victoria burchell
    signed via 2015-05-13 16:56:59 -0400
  • Reynolds Dean
    signed 2015-05-11 19:44:11 -0400
  • Charlen Nyangaresi
    signed 2015-05-08 15:06:49 -0400
    women and girls are the key to a better future. Do not forget to ensure the next generations remembers and enforce that
  • Lauren Gestes
    signed 2015-05-08 00:29:54 -0400
  • Amanda Jarrette
    signed 2015-05-05 11:52:13 -0400