I always want girls to know their full potential by understanding the depth of our strengths, and how we can change the world.
Girls Inc. is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to extending girls' voices, issues, and concerns to policy makers, corporations, and the media. Our Girls' Bill of Rights serves as the foundation for all of our work. These rights shape our responses to the difficult social issues facing girls, and serve as a powerful platform for empowering girls.
Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013. In January 2013 a group of bipartisan senators introduced the "Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013." This bill seeks to provide more comprehensive mental-health training to people working in schools, communities, and hospitals. In turn, those workers could help people suffering from mental health disease access the services they deserve. This early intervention will also reduce violence and protect Americans, especially youth. Please join Girls Inc. in supporting this important legislation by urging your Senators to cosponsor the "Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013."
Violence Against Women Act. In 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA protects victims of domestic violence. Though the last Congress failed to reauthorize VAWA, the Senate passed the bill on February 12th. This bill includes increased protections for the LGBT community, Native Americans, and immigrants. VAWA could face strong opposition in the House of Representatives. Girls Inc. supports VAWA and encourages you to join this critical effort to protect victims of domestic violence.
Girls' Rights Campaign. In Spring, 2000 Girls Inc. launched a national public education campaign to help girls understand, value, and assert their basic rights, as outlined in our Girls' Bill of Rights. Be a part of the campaign by using tools to help the girl in your life exercise her rights.
Watch TV! Many television shows, news programs, or even commercials send harmful message about girls. Newspaper articles or ads can too. Don't like what you see? Use our Online Media Guide to contact your local stations and newspapers and set them straight.
Advocacy Statements. We have adopted a set of Advocacy Statements that spell out our positions on a range of issues affecting the rights and needs of girls. These statements are reviewed at every biennial meeting of the Girls Inc. National Council in light of current knowledge and needs.
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