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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 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2015 Judy Moran
Aug 1, 2015 Jeri Lovell
Aug 1, 2015 Phyllis Wood
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 carol green
Jul 31, 2015 pippa bainbridge
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Lorena Songcayawon
Jul 30, 2015 Christopher Rowley
Jul 30, 2015 Patricia Flores
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
Jul 26, 2015 Judith Carlson
Jul 24, 2015 Citizen Earth
Jul 21, 2015 Ann Kaslow
Jul 21, 2015 Julienne Travers
Jul 21, 2015 Lily Rocco STOP the oppression of the weak worldwide.
Jul 18, 2015 Shadoe Drury
Jul 18, 2015 caroline lord
Jul 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Olga Madzarevic
Jul 16, 2015 Catherine McGowan
Jul 16, 2015 LISA TRENDALL
Jul 16, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Jul 16, 2015 Sandra Ainsley
Jul 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2015 Valeria Rossi
Jul 16, 2015 Miho Reed
Jul 16, 2015 Kim Singer
Jul 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2015 MJ Chefalo
Jul 15, 2015 Dr Brett Mann How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Leah Brooks How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Sheree Bright How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Nick Stuart How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Mike Coleman How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Astrid Andersen How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Helen Mann How can a society move forward or create a better future if it disregards the potential of half it's population?
Jul 15, 2015 Joyce Gardner
Jul 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2015 Mark Jordan Empower women for a better world.
Jul 15, 2015 Beth Patterson
Jul 15, 2015 Lynette Espinoza The advancement of peace and a better world will come when women are treated with respect and equals. The healing of the world depends on it.
Jul 15, 2015 Patricia Armstrong
Jul 15, 2015 Debbie Robinson
Jul 15, 2015 Maria Montoya-Rigg
Jul 15, 2015 Adrienne Ross
Jul 15, 2015 Paula Bourgeois
Jul 15, 2015 Joy Mills

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