Home / Blog / Events / ACT NOW: Because… ACT NOW: Because this just happened Jul. 14 2014 by Julie Willig Events , Leadership Share Page It’s here. It’s finally here. The Girls Count Act of 2014 was just introduced in the Senate – and we have to act now! Here’s what you need to know: What’s the issue? According to UNICEF, one out of three children in the world is not registered at birth. What’s the problem? Not having a birth certificate often prevents a girl from going to school, seeing a doctor, and getting a job when she’s older. What’s a solution? The Girls Count Act of 2014 (S. 2591) supports programs in developing countries to improve birth registration. It also promotes policies that prevent discrimination against girls. How can you help? Tell your senators to support this bill! You can make a difference today. What’s your impact? The 10-year-old girl you see in this photo? That’s Josephine Therese from Côte d’Ivoire. She’s wearing a beautiful smile because she has an official birth certificate, which gives her the opportunity to pursue her dreams. When you tell your senators to support the Girls Count Act, you’re helping more girls like Josephine smile – and succeed. Use your voice on behalf of all the girls in the world whose voices aren’t heard. Act now: Urge Congress to support this bill.