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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

Nov 25, 2015 Lisa Ofstedal
Nov 24, 2015 Janet Bradley
Nov 24, 2015 Susan Edelstein
Nov 24, 2015 christina bergström
Nov 21, 2015 Greta Hunter
Nov 21, 2015 Lisa Shantz
Nov 21, 2015 Yashoda Jordan
Nov 21, 2015 Dana Sklar
Nov 20, 2015 Joanna Gorniak
Nov 20, 2015 Bryna Schreier
Nov 19, 2015 Nathalia Souza
Nov 18, 2015 Laura Engelhardt
Nov 16, 2015 Cathy Gould
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 14, 2015 Noel Schornhorst
Nov 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 maria soares
Nov 5, 2015 Joan Sitnick
Nov 5, 2015 melody O'Connor Nobody should have to be forced into slave labor and treated badly. No more violence!!
Nov 5, 2015 Sherry Spurling
Nov 4, 2015 Michelle Takemoto
Nov 3, 2015 Zephanie Locker-Lampson
Nov 3, 2015 jeanine flaton
Nov 3, 2015 Benedetta Arcelli
Nov 3, 2015 Glen Anderson
Nov 1, 2015 Nancy Wein
Nov 1, 2015 Ana Mendes
Oct 31, 2015 Susan Zuckerman
Oct 30, 2015 Júlia Asbóth
Oct 28, 2015 Laurie Funderburk
Oct 27, 2015 Claudia Ruckert
Oct 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2015 Priscilla Smith
Oct 25, 2015 Virginia Cassidy
Oct 23, 2015 H McCrillis
Oct 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2015 Anja Von Gesjen these women are people the same as anywhere and if it's not okay for your mom/sister/country- then it's not ok for Ethiopian women either.... Violence effects children, the economy and even the happiness if Ethiopian men- it's time to act nie
Oct 21, 2015 Jade Hudon
Oct 20, 2015 Patti Wright
Oct 20, 2015 Rosie Albanese
Oct 20, 2015 Erica Pinto
Oct 17, 2015 Kerrin Sweet
Oct 17, 2015 Sonya Thurman
Oct 15, 2015 Alexandra D'Cruz
Oct 14, 2015 Corrine Gonzales
Oct 14, 2015 Karen Paradiso
Oct 13, 2015 Mary Ann Lenahn
Oct 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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