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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


Nov 27, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
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Nov 23, 2014 Nicole Montgomery
Nov 22, 2014 susan jacob
Nov 21, 2014 Nanlouise Wolfe
Nov 21, 2014 Alessandra Di Salvo
Nov 20, 2014 Rheo Cocek
Nov 19, 2014 Olga Cotto
Nov 18, 2014 Ruth Singer
Nov 18, 2014 Kelly Inviere
Nov 18, 2014 Tanya Lyders
Nov 16, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Nov 15, 2014 Giuliana Gasparini
Nov 15, 2014 Emily Dickinson-Adams
Nov 15, 2014 Marco Aurélio T. Fernandes
Nov 14, 2014 Betty Lininger
Nov 14, 2014 Ileana Rive
Nov 13, 2014 Sara Barth
Nov 13, 2014 Suzanne Scaini
Nov 13, 2014 Leslie Wingerath
Nov 13, 2014 Ronna Russell
Nov 13, 2014 Jo Cairns
Nov 13, 2014 l WARTICK
Nov 13, 2014 SUSAN O'KEEFE
Nov 12, 2014 Joanna Foley
Nov 12, 2014 Georgette Lebel
Nov 9, 2014 Brianna Boocks
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Nov 1, 2014 Anniina Junell
Oct 31, 2014 Kirsten Brabrand
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Lynda Holt
Oct 30, 2014 Rayleen Nunez
Oct 27, 2014 Caitlin Tubilleja
Oct 27, 2014 William Tubilleja
Oct 27, 2014 Mary Tubilleja
Oct 24, 2014 Andrea Fogt
Oct 23, 2014 Brian Mahon
Oct 23, 2014 Philippe Jungo
Oct 22, 2014 mieke wilms
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Oct 21, 2014 Therese Campbell
Oct 20, 2014 Christine Martin
Oct 19, 2014 Kathi Ridgway
Oct 17, 2014 Diana Hodson
Oct 17, 2014 Margie Gray
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