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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


Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2015 Minerva Mollica
Apr 21, 2015 Amy Wells
Apr 20, 2015 Claudia Ezinicki
Apr 19, 2015 leila abbassi
Apr 18, 2015 Axa Tolonen
Apr 18, 2015 Amber Spencer
Apr 17, 2015 Christina Michael
Apr 17, 2015 Jeannette Seigfried
Apr 15, 2015 Crystal Graziano
Apr 14, 2015 Eric Schickendantz
Apr 13, 2015 Helen Davenport
Apr 13, 2015 Roseline Nizzoli
Apr 10, 2015 Ellen Segal
Apr 10, 2015 Diane Czar I know 3 teenagers from Ethiopia, adopted by my pastor's family. It sickens me that they might have had to make that choice in their homeland.
Apr 10, 2015 Jude Gluck
Apr 10, 2015 Deborah Council
Apr 10, 2015 Linda Wright
Apr 10, 2015 BARBARA FREDERICK
Apr 10, 2015 Paula Shafransky
Apr 10, 2015 Gail Kieler
Apr 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2015 Brooklyn S
Apr 9, 2015 Tomasz Słowik
Apr 9, 2015 Klaudia Nowak
Apr 9, 2015 Jolanta Nowak
Apr 9, 2015 Zbigniew Nowak
Apr 9, 2015 Pia Vartabedian
Apr 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
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Apr 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2015 Sakura Vesely
Apr 8, 2015 V. Truong
Apr 8, 2015 jo pagnac
Apr 8, 2015 Michelle Thrower
Apr 8, 2015 C. Marshall
Apr 8, 2015 Sandra Bowerman
Apr 7, 2015 june wing
Apr 7, 2015 Paul Ferrari
Apr 7, 2015 anthony roberts
Apr 7, 2015 Beth Hogan
Apr 7, 2015 Rob Dexter
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2015 Bonni Fox
Apr 7, 2015 Gudy Terenzio
Apr 6, 2015 Warwick Neal
Apr 6, 2015 Kori McCarthy
Apr 6, 2015 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Apr 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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