Birth Certificates: Making Sure All Girls (and Boys) Count
Millions of children are denied education and health services, and are at risk of exploitation, violence, abuse, and underage recruitment into armed forces, all because they do not have a simple piece of paper we take for granted — a birth certificate.
If passed, the Girls Count Act (H.R. 3398) will make it U.S. policy to encourage other countries to ensure that both girls and boys are counted through birth certification. The bill requires no new spending.
Please ask your U.S. representative to cosponsor the Girls Count Act.
"Counting and naming every newborn is a statement that we expect that baby to survive and receive the care he or she needs, especially around birth.”-Professor Lawn, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.