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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


Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 23, 2016 Robert Keiser
Aug 23, 2016 Sandra Hazenberg
Aug 23, 2016 Linda McKee Please help these women by stopping the oppression they endure. They have a right to a bright future.
Aug 22, 2016 Colette Ryan
Aug 20, 2016 Sarina Mathis
Aug 19, 2016 Mayara Andressa
Aug 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2016 Gillian Shults
Aug 16, 2016 Marcos Carrillo
Aug 15, 2016 Arlene Austin
Aug 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2016 kristin sullivan
Aug 14, 2016 Debra Yanko
Aug 13, 2016 Melody Barker
Aug 13, 2016 Tonya Chirgwin
Aug 10, 2016 Margaret Conti
Aug 9, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Aug 9, 2016 Diane Arnal
Aug 9, 2016 Elizabeth Wangman
Aug 8, 2016 MaryEdna Salvi
Aug 8, 2016 Mari Coonley
Aug 8, 2016 Chris Richards
Aug 7, 2016 Indah Amanda
Aug 7, 2016 Lisa Sathongnhot
Aug 6, 2016 rebecca hoskins
Aug 5, 2016 Raphaël PONCE
Aug 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2016 T. Morris
Aug 2, 2016 María Galarce
Aug 2, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jul 31, 2016 Suzann Withers
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 vivek kashyap 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.
Jul 31, 2016 vivek k 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.
Jul 31, 2016 v kulkarni 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.
Jul 31, 2016 v k 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.
Jul 31, 2016 MARYDEE GOETTSCHE
Jul 31, 2016 Anne McGovern
Jul 31, 2016 Erin Daniels
Jul 31, 2016 Catherine Sowder This is so important for these girls & all of Ethiopia will benefit in health and economically from these girls becoming empowered young women.
Jul 31, 2016 Renee Breazeale
Jul 31, 2016 Kym DuPont
Jul 31, 2016 Kat Karnes
Jul 31, 2016 Carol Larroque
Jul 31, 2016 Carol Bogerd
Jul 31, 2016 Shannon Moreton
Jul 31, 2016 Jean Pecor
Jul 31, 2016 Tabeel Rush No Woman nah CRY. We can make a difference.

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