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 2014-08-14 02:25:58 -0400
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    Girls do count and need to be empowered to take action on their own behalf and to help improve the world. When they recognize their worth and become active as youth they will more than likely remain a driving force as women. Working together with common goals is more powerful than individuals working alone trying to make a difference.
  • signed via 2014-08-13 15:53:56 -0400
    Let’s go, girls!
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    girls have to take an action as soon as possible!
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    All children, especially girls, should be able to have the chance to own land, get a job, leave their country and so much more. But, it is almost impossible to do those things if they aren’t registered at birth. Instead, these girls are invisible in their society. Counting a girl at birth will help herself and everyone around her, it will heighten the chances of her attending school, and even give her more opportunities overall. Making sure girls are counted is crucial to having a great country, so why not make sure your citizens are a part of your society?
  • signed 2014-08-12 21:56:22 -0400
    The leadership and empowerment for women represent the unconditional and intrinsic solution for our millennium goals. Power to women for a “real” peaceful world! Osee Romeo Njacheun
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    Girls, females, women. They are humans who have rights and deserve to be treated with respect. They also are due the knowledge that they should not be “an invisible member of society”.
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