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International Day of the Girl 2019

What’s one of the most dangerous things a person can do? Be born a girl.

In humanitarian emergencies, girls embody strength, perseverance, and resilience. But when crisis strikes, girls are disproportionately affected and face a heightened risk of violence and abuse — sexual violence as a weapon of war, exploitation and harassment as refugees, domestic violence and abuse, and child marriage in the upheaval of displacement.

These issues are a matter of life and death, and greatly impact a girl’s ability to get an education and participate in leadership to address these issues in her own community. It doesn’t have to be this way. When a girl is empowered and can inform the solutions to women and girls’ needs in emergencies, she can help create a more stable and just world.

The Safe from the Start Act would strengthen U.S. leadership and empower girls in the fight against gender-based violence in emergencies. Congress has the power to protect girls in emergencies, but they won’t fight for girls unless they hear from you.

Sign the petition below and read all the stories to learn more.

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