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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


Jun 1, 2015 Debby Cash
May 31, 2015 sharna hughes
May 30, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
May 30, 2015 Maria Simao
May 30, 2015 Marci Turner
May 29, 2015 Brittany Paral
May 29, 2015 M Kent
May 28, 2015 Sandra Jesionek
May 28, 2015 Elise Buffie
May 28, 2015 Heather Chapman
May 28, 2015 Arkady Vyatchanin
May 28, 2015 Lee Trujillo-López
May 28, 2015 Jody Draznin
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 Sharon Kavanaugh
May 19, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 18, 2015 Sharon Kirk
May 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 Mick Mars
May 14, 2015 Lynda Flood
May 14, 2015 mario bouton
May 11, 2015 SARAH CHEE
May 10, 2015 Donita Lowrey
May 8, 2015 Danielle Schultz
May 7, 2015 Lauren Moch
May 6, 2015 Bonnie Olson Support change for gender equality.
May 5, 2015 Maureen Brennan
May 5, 2015 Melina Aldridge
May 5, 2015 Robin Gregory
May 5, 2015 Paula feudo Time to end discrepancy, violence, and poverty against women there, and across the world.
May 5, 2015 Brigid O'Connor
May 5, 2015 Sonia Del Signore
May 5, 2015 J.R. Foreman
May 5, 2015 lisa alexander
May 5, 2015 Inessa Shakhnazarian
May 5, 2015 Tamara Kuharski Bestas
May 5, 2015 Marco palomba
May 4, 2015 Paul Stanfield violence and rape of women is abhorrent and everything that can be done to stop it and prosecute it in a court of law should be done.
May 4, 2015 Barbara Ehemann
May 4, 2015 Karyn Pederson
May 4, 2015 Christine Wintour
May 4, 2015 Diane DiBiase
May 4, 2015 Elizabeth Ryan World wide, women and men need to come together to make sure ALL peoples of the world have the same rights and not diminished rights or rights taken away.
May 4, 2015 Angela Schuman
May 4, 2015 mariella schembri
May 4, 2015 Carol Galvin
May 4, 2015 heather bays God Bless You
May 4, 2015 Nathan Tuil
May 4, 2015 cristina carvalho

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