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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


Aug 22, 2014 Esther García de Diego
Aug 21, 2014 Gonzalo Carpio
Aug 21, 2014 Mirjam Saenger
Aug 21, 2014 Beth Guynn Please continue this important program.
Aug 21, 2014 Robert Petermann
Aug 21, 2014 Paola Ballanti
Aug 21, 2014 Carol Horcher
Aug 21, 2014 Ann Dallwitz
Aug 21, 2014 Angela W
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Paula Lewis
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Robin Bressler
Aug 20, 2014 sam eisenbach
Aug 20, 2014 Franco Bellina
Aug 20, 2014 Ann Roylance
Aug 20, 2014 Brendan Coyle
Aug 20, 2014 kathleen eiduk
Aug 20, 2014 vicki manor
Aug 20, 2014 Colin Taylor
Aug 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2014 Guillermina Feher Women are not second-class citizens. Girls and women deserve freedom to study, to learn, to be independent, to lead the lives they choose. Please help free them!
Aug 19, 2014 Joanne Lord MacLeod All children should have the benefit of an education .Girls can become a valuable asset to the country because of being well educated .They should NOT be forced into marriage or sold into the sex trade . The Bright Future Program may be the answer !
Aug 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2014 Lori Strausser
Aug 19, 2014 Greta Aul
Aug 19, 2014 fábio chamon
Aug 19, 2014 Marie Yans
Aug 19, 2014 Claire Kennedy These girls deserve to be helped.
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 LaDonna Earl-Jones Please stop the horrendous slavery trade because that is really what it is, whether marriage before they are really old enough or not or the other!
Aug 18, 2014 Ellen Segal
Aug 18, 2014 gene jacobson
Aug 18, 2014 Barbara Frances
Aug 18, 2014 Sister James Marie Gross
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Tacey Hellewell
Aug 18, 2014 Sara Lerner
Aug 17, 2014 Susana Reid
Aug 17, 2014 Gloria Bach
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 Christine Dietzer
Aug 17, 2014 cyn thia blais Stop the violence
Aug 17, 2014 amanda morris
Aug 17, 2014 JoAnne Schaarschmidt
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 Dana Cooper
Aug 17, 2014 Randee Schwartz-Locke
Aug 17, 2014 charles shlimon

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