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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 12,319
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


Jan 16, 2017 Eleanor Davy Without being registered, girls fall off the radar and are even more at risk of exploitation and lack or basic human rights.
Jan 16, 2017 Cassidy Melvin
Jan 15, 2017 Cathy Doorten
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Scherer-Hicks
Jan 14, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Jan 13, 2017 A Y
Jan 12, 2017 Maria Smith
Jan 12, 2017 Monica Harper
Jan 12, 2017 Howard Cohen
Jan 11, 2017 Selena Millman
Jan 11, 2017 Linda Weaver
Jan 11, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Jan 10, 2017 Ellen Savage
Jan 9, 2017 Shannon Sheets
Jan 8, 2017 Lora Treadway
Jan 7, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jan 6, 2017 S W
Jan 6, 2017 Barbara Cheek God does not like one sex less than another, to Him all lives matter.
Jan 5, 2017 Tiina Miettinen
Jan 5, 2017 marcos ceja
Jan 5, 2017 James Thompson
Jan 5, 2017 Kristina Nilsson
Jan 5, 2017 jovita PRINZ
Jan 4, 2017 Rickson Leung
Jan 4, 2017 Elena Hernandez
Jan 4, 2017 Pankaj Rawat
Jan 4, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Jan 4, 2017 Viviane Vanbuggenhout
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Jan 4, 2017 Jose Antonio Velasco
Jan 4, 2017 Linda Clinger
Jan 4, 2017 Robyn Reichert
Jan 4, 2017 Terri Dumala
Jan 4, 2017 GIUSEPPINA BERTANI
Jan 4, 2017 Stephanie Harvey
Jan 4, 2017 Wendy Wintcentsen
Jan 4, 2017 Dorothy Lee
Jan 4, 2017 Sasha Verhoeve
Jan 4, 2017 Fabienne Van Raemdonck
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Jan 4, 2017 Neilu Golshanara
Jan 4, 2017 Gwendolyn Edgett
Jan 4, 2017 Suzanne Young
Jan 4, 2017 Rose Saunders
Jan 4, 2017 Agneta Gulz
Jan 3, 2017 John H Kraemer This is essential!
Jan 2, 2017 Leslie Pfost
Jan 1, 2017 Laurence Cornelius
Dec 31, 2016 Clary Neil
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