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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 12,715
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


Sep 20, 2017 Leigha Henson
Sep 9, 2017 Susan Olmstead
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Steven Schueller
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Schueller
Sep 6, 2017 Pirja Pallasmaa
Sep 6, 2017 JoAnn Riberdy
Sep 6, 2017 Laurie Bynum
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Janet Mischler
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Jacobs
Sep 6, 2017 susi holloway girls need to be counted to count! it should be done...
Sep 6, 2017 Linda Foley
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Sep 6, 2017 Lori Mathis
Sep 6, 2017 Chicory James
Sep 6, 2017 Janet Marsh-Lord
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Rhona Goldman
Sep 6, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Sep 6, 2017 Albert Peiffer
Sep 6, 2017 Patricia Magilton
Sep 6, 2017 Juergen Teuschl
Sep 6, 2017 Janet Blocker
Sep 6, 2017 Tracy Pierce
Sep 6, 2017 Ben Cooper
Sep 6, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Sep 6, 2017 Shannen Marshall
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Christine Gharbi
Sep 6, 2017 MARY GREENAN
Sep 6, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Sep 6, 2017 Sandra Veillette Why is it not OBVIOUS for Girls to Count? How dreadful that this absurd behavior towards girls goes on the world over. We must be a leader by cosponsoring S.802, The Girls Count Act of 2015!!!
Sep 6, 2017 Roslyn Piegari
Sep 6, 2017 Luisa Melo
Sep 6, 2017 Deborah Caleb
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Noelle Everhart
Sep 6, 2017 Joan Armer
Sep 6, 2017 Jackie Muzio
Sep 6, 2017 Metesh Acharya
Sep 6, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Sep 6, 2017 Johanna Shifflette
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Monya Clayton These people need help. To have their births registered is the first step to important assistance later .
Sep 6, 2017 Dottie Hess
Sep 6, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Spranger
Sep 6, 2017 Vasilis Nisiotis

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