Urge Congress to Keep Girls in School!
With temporary school closures as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), now more than ever we are reminded of the role school plays in the life of every child. In the U.S. alone, at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, at least 50 million students were affected by school closures.
Evidence shows that enrolling and keeping girls in school can positively impact their health, protection, and economic prosperity, and improve the security of their communities and countries. Yet globally, 130 million girls between the ages of 6 and 17 are out of school. Unfortunately, barriers such as child marriage, harassment and violence, and social discrimination keep girls from long-term, quality education, perpetuating poverty and increasing health risks and social disenfranchisement.
Luckily, bipartisan legislation called the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R. 2153 / S.1071) is designed to harness the power of the U.S. Government to address these barriers through smart investments and coordination between U.S. Government agencies. The bill complements and builds on existing guidance and legislation on education and child marriage in U.S. foreign policy and programmatic efforts.
At its peak, the pandemic interrupted the lives and educations of close to 1.6 billion children and youth worldwide. Estimates predict between 11.2 and 20 million girls and young women in low- and low-middle income countries may drop out or not have access to school next year. Without access to education, girls can face heightened risks of child marriage, harassment and violence, and social discrimination – all systemic barriers keeping girls from long-term, quality education.
In late January, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2153, moving us one step closer toward ensuring girls' access to education worldwide. Now, we need the Senate to advance the bill. Join us in asking your Senators to cosponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act today!
Please join us by contacting your elected officials and urging them to cosponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act today!