“To educate girls is to reduce poverty.”
– Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Tomorrow, October 11, marks the third International Day of the Girl. This day is an opportunity to recognize the unique challenges that girls face around the world.
Join us as we celebrate the opportunity and potential for girls. We invite you to commemorate this day in several different ways:
– Advocate for the Girls Count Act – One in three children under age 5 do not have birth certificates. Without documentation, children are often prevented from accessing healthcare and enrolling in school. Birth certificates also help protect children from human trafficking, child labor, early marriage, and underage conscription into armed forces. 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. Contact your representative to voice your support for The Girls Count Act, a bill to prioritize birth registration around the world.
– Give a gift to women and girls – Millions of girls and women around the world are subjected to abuse, child labor, sex trafficking, early marriage, and other offenses. Your gift will help where it’s needed most, protecting girls and women by equipping skilled, local staff to offer training, education, counseling, medical care, small business loans, and other programs that reach women and girls – helping to end the cycle of gender-based violence.
– Sponsor a girl in need – Sponsorship makes a long-term investment in the life of a girl, her family, and her community, providing greater access to life-giving basics like nutritious food, clean water, medical care, and education — the foundation for a future of independence and hope.