April 9, 2018

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) welcomes the bicameral introduction of the Keeping Girls in School Act, a crucial piece of legislation to help millions of girls worldwide overcome entrenched inequality and stay in school. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the US Congress by representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“This bill demonstrates a bipartisan commitment to girls’ education and provides the US government with a powerful opportunity to invest in girls and their futures,” said Shannon Kowalski, IWHC director of advocacy and policy. “Access to quality education is a crucial way to avoid child, early, and forced marriage, and equip girls with the knowledge and tools to make decisions impacting their bodies, health, and lives.”

More than 130 million girls are out of school around the world due to gender inequalities, child, early, and forced marriage, and early pregnancy. The Keeping Girls in School Act seeks to rectify this grave injustice by creating a fund to address these critical barriers and ensure that girls can complete their education and reach their full potential.

IWHC is proud to support the Keeping Girls in School Act in conjunction with Girls Not Brides USA, of which it is a co-chair. Girls Not Brides USA has been working for nearly a decade to strengthen the US government’s commitment to end global child, early, and forced marriage.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 212-801-1260

Photo: Pippa Ranger