Lois Frankel and Susan Brooks

The two chairwomen of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues–Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana and Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida–brought out the “Keeping Girls in School Act” which, they say, will “support the economic and educational empowerment of girls globally.”

“Today, over 130 million girls worldwide are not in school,” Frankel’s office noted. “While the U.S. has been the global leader in efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities, particularly for girls, there is still more work to be done because every child deserves an equal opportunity to access quality education. This legislation brings attention to the systemic barriers preventing girls from accessing secondary education; barriers such as child marriage, religious or ethnic discrimination, female genital mutilation and poor safety traveling to schools.” 

The bill looks to keep girls around the world in secondary schools listing 14 barriers they currently face, “authorizes a budget neutral funding mechanism where USAID is directed to enter into results-based financing and/or traditional grant project proposals to reduce these barriers adolescent girls face” and relying on public-private partnership and development impact funds to “leverage real results with measurable outcomes.” The bill also requires that the

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