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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


Feb 26, 2015 Joce Farouault
Feb 26, 2015 Alex Whiteman
Feb 26, 2015 D P-H
Feb 26, 2015 Joyce Bush
Feb 26, 2015 Joseph F McLaughlin
Feb 26, 2015 Dale Benest
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) why should you have to suffer just because you are a girl/woman?
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 kimberley edmondson Bright Futures for all women!
Feb 25, 2015 Virginia Strumpf
Feb 24, 2015 b w
Feb 24, 2015 jeremie roxas
Feb 24, 2015 andrea baxley These women COUNT!
Feb 24, 2015 Francine Traniello
Feb 24, 2015 Juanita Leone
Feb 24, 2015 sherrie Lieber Pasarell
Feb 24, 2015 Stephanie Ross Women are people too! Please support Bright Futures!
Feb 24, 2015 Rina Drori
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 Clarinda Karpov
Feb 23, 2015 Alende Devasia
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2015 Elsa Rush You will be making the world a better place if you help to support these young women in their efforts to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Feb 22, 2015 Cari King Please support and assist this program and give these women a future of their choosing and lives without abuse. Thank you so much!!!
Feb 22, 2015 Kathleen Knutson
Feb 22, 2015 Kay Robinson
Feb 22, 2015 Denise Janssen Eager
Feb 22, 2015 Carol Siemon
Feb 22, 2015 Glenda Kendrick
Feb 22, 2015 Liliana Ferreira
Feb 22, 2015 Elise Lobdell Please protect and support these young women!
Feb 22, 2015 Irene Kessler
Feb 22, 2015 Dolores Lindo
Feb 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Equal rights for everyone! I hope everybody knows about this petition please spread the word!
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2015 maria sanchez luttons ensemble pour la liberté des femmes d'Ethiopie pour l'abolition de leur souffrance physiques sexuelles Maria Josefa Sanchez
Feb 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2015 annmarie boyd
Feb 20, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Feb 20, 2015 Orva M Gullett
Feb 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2015 Robin Mellody
Feb 20, 2015 Philip Murphy
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 mary wheeler,
Feb 17, 2015 Melissa Newman
Feb 17, 2015 Camille Jones

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