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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

May 22, 2016 Judi Cecich
May 22, 2016 Anna Stein
May 21, 2016 JOAN AUTRY Please help these women and girls!
May 20, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 19, 2016 Marianne Clyne
May 17, 2016 Linda Benfield
May 17, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
May 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2016 Lyla DeVita
May 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2016 Elaine Barrett
May 15, 2016 Rachel Rakaczky
May 15, 2016 Denise Cronin
May 13, 2016 Katelyn Christensen
May 12, 2016 Dat Tran
May 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2016 Richard Bosboom
May 7, 2016 Dimitris Dallis
May 7, 2016 Anna Corrie
May 6, 2016 Diane Kehoe The young women of Ethiopia will be the mothers of your country but only if your government shows your citizens and the rest of the world that you value them. Girls must not be used as beasts of burden or as sexual playthings. They must be protected.
May 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2016 Melinda Funk
May 6, 2016 Christie Rawls
May 6, 2016 Evelyn Leslie
May 6, 2016 Andy Murphy
May 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2016 Laura Gustoson
May 6, 2016 Lynn Willis Safe, strong independent intelligent women build a safe, strong, independent intelligent world.
May 6, 2016 Karl Hoermann
May 6, 2016 JoAnne Worthingtion
May 5, 2016 terri engblom
May 4, 2016 Marie Mellor
May 1, 2016 Chris Barrand
May 1, 2016 Kerry OBrien
Apr 30, 2016 Danielle Wheatley
Apr 28, 2016 Nélia Camara
Apr 28, 2016 Karen Phillips
Apr 28, 2016 John Costanzo
Apr 27, 2016 Rebecca Troy
Apr 27, 2016 Mick McMahon
Apr 25, 2016 Kelsey Miller
Apr 24, 2016 Carole Kubik
Apr 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 Geraldine Rondeau
Apr 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2016 Lynn Hansen
Apr 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2016 Chris Sante

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