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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


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.
Oct 20, 2017 Jennifer Case
Oct 20, 2017 Sheila Tran
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Catherine Holden
Oct 20, 2017 Glenda Valle
Oct 20, 2017 Barry Eshkol Adelman
Oct 20, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 20, 2017 D. Wallace
Oct 20, 2017 Katie Stansell
Oct 20, 2017 Esther Garvett
Oct 20, 2017 Ann Gaines
Oct 20, 2017 Jodi Ford
Oct 20, 2017 Mona Kling
Oct 20, 2017 Linda Fighera
Oct 20, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Oct 20, 2017 Simone Haasbroek
Oct 20, 2017 Sasha van den Brink-Verhoeve
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Murry Caetano
Oct 20, 2017 Alysa Waring
Oct 20, 2017 Helen Freer
Oct 20, 2017 Valerie Romero
Oct 20, 2017 Sherry Hicks
Oct 20, 2017 Sheila Anderson
Oct 20, 2017 Caroline Godin
Oct 20, 2017 Kellie Valentine
Oct 20, 2017 Elizabeth Mclaughlin
Oct 20, 2017 Janet Pickard Why allow girls be allowed to be non people without papers to certify birth.
Oct 20, 2017 Maxine Clark

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