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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 13,757
Sponsored by: U.S. Fund for UNICEF

According to UNICEF, in 2012 alone, 57 million infants — four out of every ten babies delivered worldwide that year — did not have their births registered with civil authorities.

Birth registration is a fundamental human right that can safeguard children from harm and exploitation. Without an age established by birth certificate, it is much harder to protect children from child labor, treatment as an adult in justice systems, conscription in armed forces, child marriage, and trafficking. Birth registration is also needed to ensure that children have access to basic services, such as education, public health services, social protection services, and employment opportunities.

For girls, the lack of birth registration can be especially dangerous, as girls are already more likely to lack access to education, to face exploitation and abuse, and to be married early.

Surprisingly, birth registration is not a priority for U.S. Government development assistance programs. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Girls Count Act of 2015 (S. 802), that would make it official U.S. Government policy to help developing countries ensure that girls and boys of all ages are full participants in society, including birth certifications. S. 802 authorizes the Secretary of State and the USAID Administrator to support programs to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (CRVS), with a focus on birth registration.

Take action now! Contact your Senators to urge them to support Birth Registration!

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Dear Senator:

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor S. 802, the Girls Count Act of 2015.

In the United States, we take birth certificates for granted. Globally, however, many children are not registered at birth. According to UNICEF, in 2012 alone, 57 million infants — four out of every ten babies delivered worldwide that year — did not have their births registered with civil authorities.

Birth registration is a fundamental human right that can safeguard children from harm and exploitation. Without an age established by birth certificate, it is much harder to protect children from child labor, treatment as an adult in justice systems, conscription in armed forces, child marriage, and trafficking. For girls, the lack of birth registration can be especially dangerous, as girls are already more likely to lack access to education, to face exploitation and abuse, and to be married early.

Surprisingly, birth registration is not a priority for U.S. Government development assistance programs. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Girls Count Act of 2015 (S. 802), that would make it official U.S. Government policy to help developing countries ensure that girls and boys of all ages are full participants in society, including birth certifications. S. 802 authorizes the Secretary of State and the USAID Administrator to support programs to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (CRVS), with a focus on birth registration.

I believe that this is an important issue, and that is why I am asking you to cosponsor this legislation. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 27, 2018 Ann Hollyfield
May 27, 2018 Bernie Doherty
May 27, 2018 Judit Flohr
May 27, 2018 ANNA BARRANCO
May 27, 2018 Ann Marie Peterson
May 26, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
May 26, 2018 JOY BRYAN
May 25, 2018 Elizabeth Hill
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Sharon Berko
May 25, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 25, 2018 Elizabeth Meuser
May 25, 2018 robert ferrara
May 25, 2018 Paul Vander Linden
May 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 25, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 24, 2018 Marcia Ayres
May 24, 2018 Barbara Gaffield Oh my gosh, we live in the 21st century! We must protect girls AND boys in all countries. They MUST be allowed to participate in all parts of society!
May 23, 2018 claude braye
May 23, 2018 Marie-Claire Jacques
May 23, 2018 Ann hollyfoeld
May 23, 2018 ANN GRAMLING God created every individual for a unique opportunity in their life and, therefore, ALL should be recognized and counted. God bless you
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 20, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 20, 2018 Edward Hughes
May 19, 2018 Aida Candeal
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 18, 2018 Ivan Duran
May 18, 2018 Lynn Brown
May 18, 2018 Mechthild Dühr
May 17, 2018 PAULETTE LICHVAR
May 17, 2018 Felipe Auguto de Menossi
May 17, 2018 James Williams
May 16, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Ulrike Kapeller
May 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2018 Maria Arteaga
May 16, 2018 Toni Miele
May 16, 2018 Renee Reyes
May 16, 2018 Alexis Carrillo
May 16, 2018 Cathy Saunders
May 16, 2018 PATRICIA MATTHEWS
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May 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2018 alan harper
May 16, 2018 Kimberly Visconti
May 16, 2018 Hannah Thandi
May 16, 2018 Marion Barbour
May 16, 2018 Lin Van Blerk

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