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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


Aug 16, 2017 Yolanda Aguilar
Aug 15, 2017 Chere Fuessel
Aug 15, 2017 tammy bullock
Aug 13, 2017 Lily Dayan Cimadoro
Aug 13, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 13, 2017 Margit Steidl Girls need birth certificates in order to count them! This is a basic human right that girls need as well! And it is necessary for equal rights!
Aug 8, 2017 Janice Williams
Aug 7, 2017 Michele Mitchell
Aug 7, 2017 Emma Lorenzo
Aug 6, 2017 Gemma Eggleton
Aug 5, 2017 Debbie Deane
Aug 5, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Aug 5, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Aug 5, 2017 Lou Annie I
Aug 5, 2017 Barbara Szantai
Aug 5, 2017 Monica Ciapini
Aug 4, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 4, 2017 M. M. Virre
Aug 4, 2017 Eileen Juric
Aug 4, 2017 Janet Peterson
Aug 4, 2017 Esther Dalzell
Aug 4, 2017 Daniel Abbott
Aug 4, 2017 sarah stevens
Aug 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2017 Erin Daniels
Aug 4, 2017 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Aug 4, 2017 Tiffany Grant
Aug 4, 2017 Avtar Saini
Aug 4, 2017 Bonnie Farmer
Aug 4, 2017 Annette Christopher
Aug 4, 2017 Rebecca Rose
Aug 4, 2017 Tatiana Hatzimarkos
Aug 4, 2017 Lyn Peveto
Aug 3, 2017 Patricia Lewis
Aug 3, 2017 Karen Lutz
Aug 2, 2017 Sherry Whitley
Jul 31, 2017 Colleen Kelly
Jul 31, 2017 Shaeda farooqi Girls Deserve To Be Registered & Attend School.
Jul 30, 2017 Cassandra Hill
Jul 27, 2017 tj bolduc
Jul 27, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 27, 2017 THEODORA BOURA
Jul 27, 2017 Cindy Risvold
Jul 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2017 dericka du toit
Jul 9, 2017 Bonnie Gallik
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Jul 5, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Jul 2, 2017 R Belkin
Jul 2, 2017 Cecilia Tanaka

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