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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


Jan 24, 2015 Richard Brigg
Jan 22, 2015 Joy Branch
Jan 21, 2015 Susan Byers
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please support this program. Education is so key to changing lives, and investments in the lives of women transform entire communities.
Jan 21, 2015 Tabby Berg
Jan 20, 2015 Tabitha Berg
Jan 19, 2015 Mimi Whalen Shameful.
Jan 19, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 19, 2015 Angela Campbell
Jan 19, 2015 suzie TUCKER
Jan 19, 2015 Sheila Miller
Jan 19, 2015 Doreen Murphy-Lee It has been shown in other programs like Bright Futures, that women who gain useful life skills + education will raise the economic standard of their families + their villages. Women should not have to choose a life of sexual violence.
Jan 19, 2015 pamela guyon
Jan 18, 2015 J. Olafsson
Jan 18, 2015 Julie Martin
Jan 18, 2015 jan weeks
Jan 16, 2015 Lynn Greene WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS LOWER CAST CITIZENS ANYWHERE!
Jan 15, 2015 Angela Widdowson
Jan 15, 2015 Joanne Wisden
Jan 15, 2015 Britney Bergum
Jan 14, 2015 Donovan Nelson
Jan 14, 2015 Jonathon Meggitt
Jan 14, 2015 Beata Fajencka
Jan 13, 2015 Pat Tierney
Jan 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2015 Rita Pirouet
Jan 12, 2015 Brit Bergum
Jan 12, 2015 Chloé Espinasse
Jan 12, 2015 Damienne Arthur
Jan 12, 2015 Yip Yuen
Jan 10, 2015 Samantha Honowitz
Jan 9, 2015 ankie brunschot
Jan 9, 2015 karen howard
Jan 9, 2015 Anastasia Lamers
Jan 8, 2015 William Bridge
Jan 8, 2015 Beverly Bullock
Jan 8, 2015 Nicole Montgomery
Jan 6, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 5, 2015 Helga Lobinger
Jan 5, 2015 Kelsey DiCarlo
Jan 5, 2015 Cynthia Glick
Jan 5, 2015 Lane Page
Jan 4, 2015 Signy Davis
Jan 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2015 anna halkiadis
Jan 2, 2015 Kathy Aprile
Jan 1, 2015 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Jan 1, 2015 Robin V Acton
Jan 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Good Luck
Jan 1, 2015 alenka soban

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