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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


Jun 23, 2017 Carla Rodrigues
Jun 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Jan Hays
Jun 20, 2017 Jürgen Breu
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 8, 2017 Linda Hernandez All children have the right to have their birth registered...do not let them be forgotten
Jun 8, 2017 Norma Molina
Jun 8, 2017 Alexine Cooper I am writing to ask you to cosponsor S. 802, the Girls Count Act of 2015.
Jun 8, 2017 Carol Wilson
Jun 8, 2017 robert dowling
Jun 8, 2017 Lisa Slates
Jun 8, 2017 Ian Whitelaw
Jun 8, 2017 Diane Shaudys
Jun 8, 2017 john pivirotto
Jun 8, 2017 Frances Jankowski
Jun 7, 2017 Anna Engdahl
May 30, 2017 peggilee wupperman
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 29, 2017 Theresa Tzitzira
May 23, 2017 Amanda Hauck
May 22, 2017 Rebecca Twaites
May 19, 2017 Alice black
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May 15, 2017 Artur Xavier
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May 7, 2017 katherine grant
May 6, 2017 Sawsan Gh
May 2, 2017 Joan M-Deyoreo Birth registration protects all children, this is something that should be done in all countries.
May 1, 2017 Lori Visioli
May 1, 2017 CAROL HENDERSON
Apr 27, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 25, 2017 Kathy Mohrmann
Apr 22, 2017 steven rule
Apr 21, 2017 josé Dias
Apr 21, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Apr 19, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Apr 17, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Apr 16, 2017 Teri-Lynn Patrick
Apr 14, 2017 Carolien ten Brink
Apr 14, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
Apr 13, 2017 Susan Closson
Apr 13, 2017 anna myrha
Apr 13, 2017 Vivian Jean-François
Apr 13, 2017 Jeannelle Navas
Apr 13, 2017 Rafael Sacho
Apr 13, 2017 Brenda Feliciano
Apr 12, 2017 Gwen Weil
Apr 12, 2017 Vahia TAMAGNA
Apr 12, 2017 Michael Richardson
Apr 12, 2017 Heidi Parvela

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