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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 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 Lisa Tyree I'm like micro-loan giving to enable a woman/children to farm her land to eat to live, & sell off the excess for other needs. It is just a way that "Bright Future" can work in a already-in-the-making situation over there. It's been done in Africa before.
Aug 27, 2015 Gonzalo Alfaro
Aug 27, 2015 Miska Knezevic
Aug 26, 2015 Lori Jo Siegel
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Brenda Webster
Aug 26, 2015 Phyllis Dupret
Aug 25, 2015 Francine Traniello
Aug 25, 2015 Amanda Avey-McClaran
Aug 25, 2015 Neville Bruce
Aug 24, 2015 Javier Aguilar
Aug 24, 2015 Janna Johnson
Aug 24, 2015 Michael Robinson
Aug 24, 2015 Shannon Sicocan
Aug 22, 2015 Rebecca Davis
Aug 22, 2015 Druscilla Morgan
Aug 22, 2015 Vivian I Montalvo
Aug 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2015 mj Eli Please no more violence against Ethiopian woman. It is 2015. Its far past time to change this. Do something to make it stop!
Aug 21, 2015 J.B. Picot
Aug 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2015 Yvonne Christison
Aug 20, 2015 Colette Livingston
Aug 20, 2015 Ricki Zaracki
Aug 20, 2015 Joan Conroy
Aug 19, 2015 Katherine Sherpa
Aug 19, 2015 Nathalie Aussenac
Aug 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2015 Mary Sullins
Aug 17, 2015 Karen Sprague
Aug 17, 2015 a stu
Aug 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2015 Courtney Hegert
Aug 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2015 Karen Maguire
Aug 15, 2015 QUINTINA DIXON
Aug 15, 2015 Reine Lopez
Aug 14, 2015 Charleen Pruett Please support the Bright Future program for the women of your country, to stop all violence against women. Thank you,
Aug 14, 2015 lorraine wilson
Aug 14, 2015 Stanley Oslund
Aug 13, 2015 Maren Heinig
Aug 13, 2015 Liana Rois
Aug 13, 2015 Emma Rivera
Aug 12, 2015 manuela dajani
Aug 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2015 Erin Jones
Aug 10, 2015 Marilyn Wellman
Aug 10, 2015 Veronica Karingada

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