The Girls Count Act 2013 is a bill currently in the House of Representatives stating that the United States will proactively support every child’s right to receive legal and social benefits through registration at birth. It was first introduced to the House of Representatives in October. This act doesn’t ask for millions of dollars to be directed toward a certain industry, nor does it have political leaning toward one side or the other. The Girl’s Count Act is a statement that the United States will proactively support every child’s right to receive legal and social benefits through registration at birth.
According to the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up, many developing countries do not account for the number of girls in their population. Therefore, girls are often denied birth certificates or other forms of official identification. Birth registration may not seem necessary but without registration girls are denied basic human rights. Not having these forms of identification puts girls at a disadvantage in getting an education or job. Furthermore, without proper identification girls cannot own or inherit land, start their own businesses or vote. However, having official recognition allows for girls to get their drivers license, go to a government-run school, receive health care and get a passport as they grow up. In my opinion, these are basic human rights that no girl should be denied because she was never registered at birth. Help support this cause by telling your representatives in Congress to advocate on behalf of girls everywhere and support the Girls Count Act 2013 (H.R. 3389).