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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


Dec 3, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 1, 2016 Sarah Mac Crossan
Nov 29, 2016 Holly Williams
Nov 29, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Nov 27, 2016 Lydia Lafferty
Nov 24, 2016 Sissel Frettim
Nov 23, 2016 Nigel Pieloth
Nov 21, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 19, 2016 julian zrnic
Nov 18, 2016 natasha liff
Nov 18, 2016 silvana de pasquale
Nov 16, 2016 Corina Mitrov
Nov 16, 2016 Heather Hinkle
Nov 15, 2016 Miriam Oppenheimer
Nov 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2016 HOWARD BLOCK
Nov 11, 2016 Cynthia Santiago
Nov 10, 2016 OSVALDO TOMAS
Nov 10, 2016 Libby berman
Nov 10, 2016 Thao Vu
Nov 9, 2016 Sue King
Nov 8, 2016 Celine Calard
Nov 7, 2016 dogan ozkan
Nov 7, 2016 marilyn karwoski
Nov 7, 2016 bert plethora Women are the source of all human life - they should be protected and respected.
Nov 7, 2016 Linda Hunt
Nov 7, 2016 Larry Branson
Nov 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2016 susan rose
Nov 7, 2016 Kathy Cammett
Nov 4, 2016 raisa omar
Nov 4, 2016 Bonnie Steiger
Nov 2, 2016 Tiffany Ash
Nov 1, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Nov 1, 2016 Francine Allen
Oct 31, 2016 Paula Lewis
Oct 31, 2016 Teddi-Lea Long
Oct 30, 2016 Joann Hess
Oct 28, 2016 Holli DuShane
Oct 27, 2016 Jenna Miles
Oct 26, 2016 Betsy Farmer
Oct 25, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 24, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Oct 24, 2016 Shawn Rodriguez
Oct 24, 2016 Fournier Fernande
Oct 24, 2016 Richard Bennett
Oct 24, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Oct 23, 2016 Anita Olsen
Oct 23, 2016 Debbie Morgan We need the Bright Future Program for these young girls!

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