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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


Nov 13, 2017 tricia Shawcross
Nov 13, 2017 Louise Kulp
Nov 11, 2017 Susan O'Connor
Nov 11, 2017 LINDA GRANDSON
Nov 11, 2017 Kirstin Dibbern
Nov 11, 2017 Lilyana Srnoguy
Nov 10, 2017 Alvena Pauls
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel
Nov 9, 2017 Lynne van Husen
Nov 9, 2017 Heather Thomson-Stewart No matter where you are born every child should be registered at birth, especially girls.
Nov 9, 2017 Andrey Yushchenko
Nov 9, 2017 Marilyn Williams
Nov 9, 2017 Cristina Río López
Nov 9, 2017 Charles Hendriks
Nov 9, 2017 carolina hasbun
Nov 9, 2017 Sela Usumi
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2017 Angela Passetti
Nov 8, 2017 lynne mcgarry
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 6, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Nov 5, 2017 Desi Susanti Human right for take education is very important.
Nov 4, 2017 Donna Johnson
Nov 2, 2017 sonia salgueiro
Oct 26, 2017 Amy McKeon
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 24, 2017 Laura Shields Please make birth registration programs part of our assistance packages to developing nations. It's important!
Oct 24, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Oct 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2017 julie Alicea
Oct 23, 2017 Carolina Costa
Oct 22, 2017 Gabriella Fedra
Oct 22, 2017 sirena green
Oct 22, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Oct 22, 2017 Ana Krznarić
Oct 21, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Oct 21, 2017 Maria Paez Conlago Thanks.
Oct 21, 2017 Julie Berberi
Oct 21, 2017 adriana onicu
Oct 21, 2017 Barbara Dincau
Oct 21, 2017 Andrea Sauceda Everyone deserves to be registered at birth it gives them power, this is who I am! We take that for granted!!
Oct 21, 2017 Tobey Henry
Oct 21, 2017 Ann Achuff
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Oct 21, 2017 Tony Camuti
Oct 20, 2017 Sara Faoro
Oct 20, 2017 Karen Kersten-Chestney
Oct 20, 2017 Chantel Van Wyk
Oct 20, 2017 Lynda Eggleston Please, all of us must register that our daughters are just as important as our sons.

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