In preparation for the International Day of
the Girl, October 11, 2019, and for the remainder of the month of October we
invite you to call on your member of Congress to support the Keeping Girls in School Act
Futures Without Violence is a proud supporter
of the Keeping Girls in School
Act of 2019 (H.R.
2153 / S.1071). The bill has
bipartisan support in both houses of congress. It was introduced in April
of 2019 by Senators Jeanne
Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa
Murkowski (R-AK) in the Senate and Representatives Lois
Brooks (R-IN), Nita
Lowey (D-NY) and Brian
Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in the House.
The Keeping Girls in School Act calls on the
U.S. government to address barriers to education — barriers such as child
marriage or early pregnancy — through smart investments and coordination
between U.S. government agencies. The bill is designed to complement existing
guidance and legislation on education and child marriage in U.S. foreign policy
and programmatic efforts, such as the U.S.
Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.
This important bill has the support of 50 members of the House of
Representatives — a solidly bipartisan effort and strong statement for the 130
million girls globally who should be in school, but are not. Investing in what
is necessary to overcome the barriers keeping girls from quality education,
particularly at the secondary level, is not only the right thing to do, it’s a
We are proud to be one of sixty
organizations urging the House
Foreign Affairs Committee to markup the legislation and pass it out of
committee. 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. As the statement notes, girls’
education is the foundation upon which girls can grow to become empowered
women—economically or otherwise—and has the potential to add $92 billion to the
economies of low- and middle-income nations, cut child deaths by 50%, reduce
child marriage by 66%, and decrease violent conflict by 37%. The bill is designed
to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance addresses the barriers that keep more
than 130 million school-aged girls around the world out of school.
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.
Please make a difference in the lives of the
130 million girls on the International Day of the Girl and join us by contacting your elected
officials and urging them to cosponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act today!
Please support the Keeping Girls in School Act!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]