Keeping Girls In School Act & Fall Lobby Day
The Keeping Girls in School Act focuses on closing the gender gap for adolescent girls and keeping them in school at the secondary level, a time when girls are most at risk of dropping out of school due to forced marriage, pregnancy, and other family pressures. The economic benefits of girls’ education are substantial and can help lift households, communities and nations out of poverty. Keeping girls in secondary school could:
- Add $92 billion to the economies of low and middle-income nations;
- Cut child deaths by 50%;
- Reduce child marriage by 66%;
- Decrease violent conflict by 37%; and
- Increase girls’ future wages by up to 20% for every year enrolled.
Outlines and highlights a non-exhaustive list of 14 barriers that girls face in entering and remaining in secondary education institutions.
Authorizes a budget neutral funding mechanism where the United States Agency for International Development is directed to enter into results-based financing and/or traditional grant project proposals to reduce these barriers adolescent girls face. These proposals will utilize public-private partnerships, development impact bonds, and other innovative financing mechanisms to leverage real results with measurable outcomes.
Requires that the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls be reviewed and updated every 5 years.
Action you can take to support this bill:
Meet with your U.S. House of Representative and ask them to cosponsor the bill or join Girl Up on Nov. 29th for our Fall Lobby Day where we will be going around asking members of Congress to cosponsor this bill. If your Member has already cosponsored the bill please make sure to thank them by writing a thank you note/email or going to meet with their office in person!
Register for our Fall Lobby Day here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-lobby-day-tickets-52063547472