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A dangerous catch-22 plagues many Ethiopian girls today: they must choose between marriage before the age of 16 or face intense manual labor and sexual slavery if they leave home. It's a life doomed for violence and injustice. But these girls don't have to suffer.

The Bright Future program, or Biruh Tesfa in Amharic, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia helps low-income women and girls become assimilated into society by providing them academic education, life skills, and reproductive education. Mentors help the girls realize their true potential in society.

Sign the petition telling UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the Bright Future Program is a monumental step in preventing violence against women.

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Dear Secretary Ban,

I am writing to express my support of the Bright Future program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In a region where violence, both physical and sexual, runs rampant, we need programs such as these to support women who need help.

Many girls in Ethiopia today face grim prognoses for their futures; women are often forced into intensive manual labor or sold off for sex in the sex trade. The best way to combat these horrible realities is to educate those who are at risk. The more information, assistance, and support we can provide these women, the more equipped they will be to recognize where there might be potential violence and to plan accordingly.

The Bright Future program is helping countless women escape from a bleak fate and become productive citizens in society. Please support Bright Future, and make all violence against women a thing of the past.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures


Mar 24, 2017 Kat Gallagher
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 23, 2017 Elizabeth Aguirre
Mar 22, 2017 Helen Freer
Mar 21, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2017 Rosemary Caolo
Mar 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2017 nathalie fromont
Mar 11, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 11, 2017 Susan Briggs
Mar 10, 2017 Daphne Murray
Mar 10, 2017 Cathy Burger
Mar 7, 2017 Jessica Pantaleo
Mar 7, 2017 Laura Krause
Mar 7, 2017 Leslie Tawnamaia Thank you for all efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable.
Mar 6, 2017 Rose Izikoff
Mar 5, 2017 Wendy Tinkler
Mar 5, 2017 Justina Lane
Mar 5, 2017 Mary Richardson
Mar 4, 2017 Michael Biggs
Mar 3, 2017 Lisa Stevenson
Mar 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Mary Lannon
Feb 20, 2017 Debra Ryan
Feb 20, 2017 Lora Treadway
Feb 20, 2017 David Seppa In one form or another, the horrors in Ethiopia have seemed endless. Help the women of that country escape their awful grasp.
Feb 20, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 20, 2017 Laura Harris
Feb 19, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 18, 2017 Julie Martin
Feb 11, 2017 Julia Earl
Feb 10, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 Diana Sage
Feb 10, 2017 Mark Turner
Feb 10, 2017 Margaret Hrncirik All women in this world deserve support to become good contributing members of society without fear of violence, and the UN should support The Bright Future program.
Feb 9, 2017 Farrah Townsend
Feb 7, 2017 Courtney Wirt
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes
Feb 6, 2017 Franca Faustini
Feb 5, 2017 Jane Gilmore
Feb 5, 2017 joe giuffre
Feb 5, 2017 Howard Cohen
Feb 5, 2017 Lori Dungey
Feb 5, 2017 Hillary Maurer

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