To authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries, and for other purposes.

A birth certificate is the first step in ensuring a girl’s equal treatment under the law – but in many countries, girls lack this key documentation.  H.R. 2100, the Girls Count Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), promotes birth registration for girls in developing countries to ensure that girls receive the basic documentation necessary to attend school and work, and to reduce their risk of being trafficked or made child brides.  The House passed the Senate version of the bill on June 1, 2015; signed into law on June 1, 2015 (P.L. 114-24).

Markup | May 21, 2015
Full Committee

Full Text of H.R. 2100, as introduced

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