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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813 signatures

Thank Your Members of Congress for Passing the Girls Count Act

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  • Elle Lam
    signed 2015-03-31 13:05:23 -0400
  • Vivek Modi
    signed via 2015-03-30 00:31:28 -0400
    Together we can bring the change.


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  • Erin Onuschak
    signed 2015-03-29 03:50:54 -0400
  • Ocha Tandriarto
    signed 2015-03-28 22:51:37 -0400
  • Lindsay Fei
    signed via 2015-03-27 18:31:44 -0400
  • Motaz Edreis
    signed 2015-03-27 09:18:40 -0400
    Hiiiii

    I’m motaz from sudan l supporting
  • Ambassador Khairatul Saidu
    signed 2015-03-26 13:10:05 -0400
    Lets give Girls another chance
  • bratati nath
    signed via 2015-03-25 05:08:57 -0400
  • Esther Yoon
    signed 2015-03-24 13:01:16 -0400
    Every woman should have the same opportunity given to them as any male or any other woman anywhere else. Are women not human? Why should their birth certificate not be validated? Count girls now.
  • Tina-Marie Gulley
    signed 2015-03-23 21:22:10 -0400
  • Jose Lozano
    signed 2015-03-22 20:17:27 -0400
  • Martha W D Bushnell
    signed 2015-03-19 23:15:16 -0400
    It is important to encourage girls for they represent a large part of our world. They are mothers to the next generation of children. They must become home makers, mothers, care givers, and often have to earn a living to support themselves as well as their children.
  • Mariah Phelps
    signed 2015-03-19 13:52:21 -0400
  • john marco
    signed 2015-03-18 11:32:57 -0400
    Aaliya
  • Angela Flores
    signed via 2015-03-18 10:45:00 -0400
  • Jazmine Lahbabi
    signed 2015-03-18 04:26:20 -0400
  • Abigail Warhus
    signed 2015-03-17 23:39:25 -0400
    I think this is an important act and I sincerely hope that it passes.
  • Jennifer Homan
    signed 2015-03-16 01:31:02 -0400
  • Aklima Oraz
    signed 2015-03-13 18:47:16 -0400
  • Charlotte Perri
    signed 2015-03-13 12:33:04 -0400
  • Keya Dutta
    signed 2015-03-11 21:29:07 -0400
    Lately I would think that you have been getting an overwhelming amount of these and I don’t even know if you are going to read this but I only want to ask you a question: Why are the girls the one who always has to suffer?
  • Christina Allen
    signed 2015-03-11 21:13:11 -0400
  • Ho-Ting Ip
    signed 2015-03-11 17:18:16 -0400
    Women and girls should have equal rights as men and boys becuase we all were born in the same world. This issue cannot be neglected. Thanks for bringing up the issue to us, and let people all over the world know.
  • Mila Rob
    signed 2015-03-10 22:18:57 -0400
  • Sydney Kamen
    signed via 2015-03-09 22:52:34 -0400
  • Madeline King
    signed 2015-03-08 18:53:05 -0400
  • Christelle Del Rosario
    signed 2015-03-07 13:59:06 -0500
  • mia fiterman
    signed 2015-03-07 12:10:40 -0500
  • sycamore toffel
    signed 2015-03-07 10:03:03 -0500
  • Suzanne Baker
    signed 2015-03-06 17:48:18 -0500
    This should be a given!