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 jobin 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.
Numbers count. So do girls.
What Can You Do?
Tell your representatives in Congress to advocate on behalf of girls everywhere and support the Girls Count Act of 2013 (H.R. 3398). Sign your name below and take a stand to count girls everywhere!
Co-Sponsor the Girls Count Act of 2013
Dear [Decision Maker],
Every year 51,000,000 children under 5 are not registered at birth. Lack of documentation prevents girls and women from officially participating in and benefiting from the formal economic, legal and political sectors in their countries meaning they may not have the ability to access education, health and social services, and employment later in life.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]