Next up: the President’s desk!

Advocacy , Birth Registration

Whatever you are doing, stop immediately and get ready to celebrate. The House of Representatives just voted unanimously to pass the Girls Count Act. The Senate passed the bill at the end of May, which means it now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law!

Congress passing the Girls Count Act is a huge step toward helping girls (and boys) everywhere reach their full potential. When a child isn’t registered, they are invisible in the eyes of their government and their society. And girls are disproportionately affected.

This isn’t right. Girls are powerful, and when they’re educated, healthy, safe, and counted, they transform their communities. You know it, I know it, and today’s vote shows us that Congress knows it, too. Passage of the Girls Count Act ensures all children have a nationally recognized proof of birth, helping guarantee that the rights of adolescent girls are protected, and creating a brighter future for all of us.

Now take a moment and pat yourself on the back. When we asked for your help getting the Girls Count Act through Congress, you came through in a big way. Thousands of you wrote letters, called, and met with your members of Congress. This victory belongs to you.

That’s why we’re once again asking for your help. Congressional passage of the Girls Count Act is a huge step, but it’s not the last one. The bill now goes to the President’s desk, where he has 10 days to sign it into law.

President Obama has been a huge supporter of empowering girls during his time in office. We’re confident he will sign this bill, but we also know he has a lot on his plate. To help get the Girls Count Act over the finish line, we need you to reach out to the President and make sure he knows how strongly you believe in it.

Tweet this to President Obama:

No girl should be invisible in the eyes of her government and society. @POTUS, please sign the Girls Count Act into law today! #GirlsCount

When a girl is counted by her government, there is a greater chance that she will have access to education, health and social services, and later in life be able to vote, work, and own property. Tweet at the President now and ask him to sign the Girls Count Act, helping make this a reality for girls everywhere!