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 2014-08-12 10:38:01 -0400
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    Every person counts—so should girls and young women!
  • signed 2014-08-12 10:15:15 -0400
    Many girls in the developing world don’t have a birth certificate. This means they can’t start a business, own property, vote, or get a driver’s license. They are at a higher risk for human trafficking and child marriage. I’ve already had staff meetings with Rep. Lynch, Senator Warren and Senator Markey to ask them to support the Girls Count Act, which would make girls’ birth registration a priority in US foreign policy. Rep. Lynch has become a co-sponsor, but we are still waiting on so many Senators and Representatives to come on board.
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