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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 12,453
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


Feb 26, 2017 Janice Dixon
Feb 24, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 Kathleen Hamilton
Feb 20, 2017 Jules Salvati
Feb 20, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 20, 2017 Rachel Parnell
Feb 19, 2017 melissa dobson
Feb 18, 2017 Sally Friedman
Feb 17, 2017 Gloria Jones
Feb 17, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Feb 17, 2017 Mihaela Bobeica
Feb 16, 2017 Debra Wills
Feb 15, 2017 Kelly Davis please protect children
Feb 15, 2017 Toni Roberti
Feb 15, 2017 Felipe Menossi
Feb 15, 2017 Lin Johnson
Feb 15, 2017 RIKA i
Feb 15, 2017 Irene Kessler
Feb 15, 2017 Francisca Aleman Please help to ensure that every human counts, especially children. They are the future.
Feb 14, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
Feb 13, 2017 Kyla Hodges
Feb 13, 2017 susan verser
Feb 13, 2017 Jean Buchanan
Feb 12, 2017 Josie Silva
Feb 12, 2017 Linda Tabb
Feb 12, 2017 Hilde Van Roie
Feb 12, 2017 Karl Zimmerman
Feb 11, 2017 Brooke Bodden
Feb 11, 2017 Joan Bird
Feb 11, 2017 RENATA FLIS
Feb 11, 2017 Helen Pattison
Feb 11, 2017 Bree Santiglia
Feb 11, 2017 Sourabh Devani
Feb 11, 2017 Annapoorne Colangelo
Feb 11, 2017 mary Schickling
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2017 STACEY O'BRIEN
Feb 10, 2017 Lori Soutar Please help girls to be safe from early marriage and exploitation.
Feb 10, 2017 Frances Patch
Feb 10, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 10, 2017 Pamela Parker
Feb 10, 2017 Donna Reynoso-Brand
Feb 10, 2017 Susan Williamson This needs to be fixed!
Feb 10, 2017 Barbora Jelinkova
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Feb 10, 2017 Andrea s
Feb 10, 2017 Julia Maness
Feb 10, 2017 Cinzia Dottori
Feb 10, 2017 Hilary Kosty

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