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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  • Alicia Monforti
    signed 2014-09-17 19:19:18 -0400
    As a young woman growing up in the 21st century I know the importance of having national documents to account for everything you do. Denying ANYONE, one of the less a young girl is discriminatory and makes it near impossible for the girl in question to get into secondary schooling and universities. In this day and age every person must get at least get through secondary school to get a sustainable job for herself and her family. If a young girl is denied access to official identification, like birth certificates, you are denying her basic human rights and any chance to sustainably support herself through her lifetime. In addition to the lack of opportunities, if a young girl is not accounted for in her country of origin due to lack of official documentation, she can be denied the citizens rights and privileges given to her by her birth nation. This allows countries to openly discriminate women and give them a legal reason to treat them as second-class citizens. This discrimination can lead to lower self-esteem in young girls which will raise suicide rates and increase poverty rates as women are trying to enter the workforce and to help their families thrive. Women must have the basic rights to education, health services, government aide services, and an official member of society with the same advantages and opportunities as any man.
  • Maddie Flom
    signed 2014-09-17 17:40:50 -0400
  • Alejandra Picado
    signed 2014-09-16 21:21:57 -0400
  • Mischaela Advani
    signed 2014-09-16 04:48:33 -0400
  • Micayla Wilson
    signed 2014-09-14 14:42:33 -0400
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-09-12 16:03:17 -0400
  • Eunjae Jo
    signed 2014-09-12 15:11:01 -0400
  • Hani Ezeldin Elsayed
    signed 2014-09-07 16:40:52 -0400
  • Sophia Seidenberg
    signed 2014-09-07 13:44:06 -0400
  • Chloe Ling
    signed 2014-09-07 00:03:01 -0400
  • Isaac Omondi
    signed 2014-09-06 10:24:44 -0400
  • eusebio manuel vestias vestias
    signed 2014-09-06 06:10:42 -0400
    rights rights the Girls poor the World
  • Laura Calegari
    signed 2014-09-05 20:19:05 -0400
  • Divya Sharma
    signed 2014-09-04 22:01:28 -0400
  • Krupa Modi
    signed 2014-09-04 18:45:01 -0400
  • Nicole Waers
    signed 2014-09-04 15:09:33 -0400
  • David Steve Matthe
    signed 2014-09-04 14:29:28 -0400
    Women and girls should be counted as human beings, collectively men and women are protected in accordance with Human Rights. Women Rights is special to let them get involved in schooling or have their own businesses or vote.
  • Teresa Masia Perales
    signed 2014-09-04 13:25:37 -0400
  • Brock Doemel
    signed 2014-09-02 22:22:34 -0400
  • Alicia Esau
    signed 2014-09-01 06:07:48 -0400
  • Angel Jacabella
    signed 2014-08-31 19:40:28 -0400
    Women need equal rights,not more and certainly not less.
  • Jennifer VanRiper
    signed 2014-08-29 20:58:33 -0400
  • Julia Myers
    signed via 2014-08-28 18:43:01 -0400
  • Juan Cardoza
    signed 2014-08-27 18:33:18 -0400
    Yo creo en el empoderamiento de la mujer desde su infancia. No es la asignación doméstica, es brindar ese espacio de desarrollo integral,pues sur enemiga una mujer exitosa , tendremos hombres de Éxito. Mi esposa Carolina es testimonio de esto.

    The Mentoring un Honduras Team mentors AMENH
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-08-27 03:49:33 -0400
    ‘’Take responsibility for the life you want to lead. If you don’t design your life, someone else will do it for you.Great leaders are not head-down. They see around corners, shaping their future, not just reacting to it….’’
  • Neema Suntha
    signed 2014-08-26 13:10:05 -0400
    I fully support advocacy for economic empowerment of women
  • Deborah Quashie
    signed 2014-08-25 15:44:34 -0400
    I fully support advocacy for the female gender. It is high time such female discriminations are brought to an end!
  • Jana Hilmi
    signed 2014-08-23 18:24:42 -0400
  • Samantha Hernandez
    signed 2014-08-22 03:02:36 -0400
    Samantha Hernandez
  • Carlos Gamez
    signed 2014-08-21 07:49:46 -0400