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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


Oct 21, 2014 H Steinberg
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
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 sonja biss
Oct 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2014 Rev. Dr. LG McDuffie
Oct 9, 2014 ALETA GORE
Oct 9, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Oct 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2014 Linda Martin
Oct 9, 2014 Allison Parelman
Oct 9, 2014 Anke Dam
Oct 9, 2014 Sherylee Harper
Oct 8, 2014 Jeff Ritter
Oct 7, 2014 A Hill
Oct 6, 2014 Jann Cather Weaver
Oct 6, 2014 Brian Gottejman
Oct 6, 2014 Beth Jones Other women should have the right to live as I do: in self-empowered safety. It should cease to be a rare privilege!
Oct 6, 2014 Paula Morgan
Oct 5, 2014 paushali bhattacharya
Oct 5, 2014 sylvia fritsch
Oct 5, 2014 Kathleen Nelligan
Oct 2, 2014 Judith Johnson
Oct 1, 2014 Susan Pateracki Is you country that Brutal and Savage that you don't even know morals. Instead of caring for women and girls, giving education, stop marrying off children. Your country is one of Savages and Low Class people. You don't even know what child abuse is.
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) Girls in Ethiopia and around the world deserve to live in peace and free from fear. The Bright Future program is an important step
Oct 1, 2014 Helen Tam-Semmens
Sep 30, 2014 Jane McInally
Sep 30, 2014 Mary Ferraro
Sep 30, 2014 Anne Olivares
Sep 30, 2014 LEE LOE
Sep 30, 2014 Jo Franklin
Sep 30, 2014 Patricia Antonelli
Sep 30, 2014 Katherine Neff
Sep 30, 2014 Nancy Giangrasse
Sep 29, 2014 Amanda Klohn We are all one spirit, please help!
Sep 29, 2014 Benjamin Hooks
Sep 29, 2014 Kajol Surani
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Antoinette Gonzales
Sep 29, 2014 Karen Boots These women deserve options beyond sexual slavery. Help them.
Sep 29, 2014 sandra wanamaker
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Susan Byrd
Sep 28, 2014 Rebecca Lambert

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