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Goal: 20,000 Progress: 12,525
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


Mar 26, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 26, 2017 Anna Krieger
Mar 26, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Mar 26, 2017 Nancy Gray
Mar 26, 2017 Weldon Barker
Mar 26, 2017 Judi Merrow All children need to a registration birth record.
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 24, 2017 Estelle Maisey
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 23, 2017 Pollyana Harmon Lives of girl babies matter, they should have birth certificates, it is their birth right.
Mar 22, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 21, 2017 Débora Camilo
Mar 21, 2017 Mary Sier
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 19, 2017 Sigfrido Torreiro
Mar 18, 2017 carol davis
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2017 Shirley Holloway
Mar 13, 2017 Nancy Spinelli
Mar 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 11, 2017 Debbie Luchka
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 10, 2017 Heather zito
Mar 10, 2017 Maureen Downs
Mar 10, 2017 Kevin Duffy
Mar 10, 2017 Dede Bridges
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
Mar 9, 2017 Sheila Pedraza
Mar 8, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Mar 7, 2017 Peggy Phan
Mar 7, 2017 Leslie Tawnamaia Thank you for all you do in support of the most vulnerable
Mar 7, 2017 kelly hanks
Mar 5, 2017 Brenda Weber
Mar 5, 2017 carol johnsson
Mar 4, 2017 Michael Biggs
Mar 4, 2017 Antoinette Gonzales
Mar 3, 2017 Jamie Smith
Mar 3, 2017 Sophie LANGUILAIRE
Mar 3, 2017 Chris Carter
Mar 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 2, 2017 MaryAnn Hovey
Mar 2, 2017 JAY MOHR
Mar 2, 2017 Sheila Borton
Mar 2, 2017 Margaret Mitchell
Mar 2, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please respect all human rights!!
Mar 2, 2017 Sharon Connolly
Mar 2, 2017 Magali GUILLOU

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