Sunday is Mother's Day, and there's no better time to join the movement to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies everywhere. That's the goal of the Global Moms Relay. In partnership with the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and BabyCenter, HuffPost is putting the spotlight on the ways we can bring new opportunities to women and children around the world.
Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.
Every year, approximately 51 million children under the age of five are not registered at birth, a disproportionate number of whom are girls. The Girls Count Act is a statement that the United States will proactively support every child's right to receive legal and social benefits through registration at birth.
Who do you care about? Is it your sister, your niece, your daughter, your best friend? One girl--every girl. As a Teen Advisor to Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation; as a 16-year-old girl myself; but most of all, as an older sister who would literally give my sister the world, I am calling on you to join our movement in the first International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11, 2012.