Urge Congress to Keep Girls in School!
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, codifying the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.
Empowering girls through education is the key to realizing their rights and potential to become active citizens who can help build better communities and a better world. Educating girls means affirming that equal access to inclusive, equitable and quality education within safe learning environments is essential to achieving the empowerment of girls and women.
In late October, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H.R. 2153, moving it one step closer to a vote on the full House floor. Still, we need advocates to continue reaching out to all Members of Congress in support of this legislation.
Please join us by contacting your elected officials and urging them to cosponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act today!