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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


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
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Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 Geraldine Rondeau
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Apr 20, 2016 Lynn Hansen
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Apr 18, 2016 Chris Sante
Apr 15, 2016 Julie Textor
Apr 15, 2016 Ingrid Brown
Apr 14, 2016 Martin Foster
Apr 14, 2016 Chris Konle
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Apr 12, 2016 Jackie Bade
Apr 10, 2016 Leslie Slater
Apr 8, 2016 Angela LaRochelle
Apr 7, 2016 Ruby King
Apr 6, 2016 Patricia Norton
Apr 6, 2016 Damian antonelli
Apr 4, 2016 Rose and John Martin
Apr 3, 2016 rajni j
Apr 3, 2016 brat gaba
Apr 3, 2016 Bharatt G
Apr 3, 2016 planbee INDIA
Apr 3, 2016 Sri Syndicate
Apr 3, 2016 rajni jain
Apr 3, 2016 Bharatram Gaba
Apr 3, 2016 planbee BOMBAY
Apr 3, 2016 ogl rediff
Apr 3, 2016 Gaba Groups
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Apr 3, 2016 Susan Brittain
Apr 3, 2016 Heather Rinehart
Apr 3, 2016 Annemieke Morks
Apr 3, 2016 Valerie Van Den Broeck
Apr 3, 2016 Laura Iglesias de Oliveira
Apr 3, 2016 Michelle Baldwin
Apr 3, 2016 bhavani saravanan
Apr 2, 2016 Barbara Nistler
Apr 1, 2016 lynda leigh
Mar 31, 2016 P Weinkauf
Mar 31, 2016 Kelly Garrett
Mar 27, 2016 Geniece Medsker

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