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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


Jul 6, 2015 john crouch
Jul 4, 2015 Sandra Loud
Jul 3, 2015 Darlene Furrow
Jul 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Tami Miller
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 26, 2015 Carmen Adams this Bright Future Program is critical in helping women escape the worse-than-death future if they don't choose to marry early. please continue to support this program and save these women from lives filled with violence and slavery!!!
Jun 25, 2015 Bernadette Sammon
Jun 25, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 24, 2015 Catheryn Sproull
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 22, 2015 Ebony Hairston
Jun 21, 2015 Joanna Matusiak
Jun 17, 2015 Daniele Walker
Jun 17, 2015 Annie Smit
Jun 16, 2015 Paula Zo
Jun 16, 2015 Craig Clere
Jun 16, 2015 Karen Williams
Jun 16, 2015 Tania Pogiatzoglou
Jun 16, 2015 Mario Tennon
Jun 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 11, 2015 Marion Hulen
Jun 11, 2015 Jan Bueker
Jun 8, 2015 Marjorie Coey This mentality about women has to stop! They are over half of humanity and just as important as any other portion!
Jun 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2015 Casey Roy
Jun 5, 2015 Bernie Scala
Jun 3, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 2, 2015 ameir tahir Please do all you can
Jun 2, 2015 Karl Paloucek
Jun 1, 2015 Debby Cash
May 31, 2015 sharna hughes
May 30, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
May 30, 2015 Maria Simao
May 30, 2015 Marci Turner
May 29, 2015 Brittany Paral
May 29, 2015 M Kent
May 28, 2015 Sandra Jesionek
May 28, 2015 Elise Buffie
May 28, 2015 Heather Chapman
May 28, 2015 Arkady Vyatchanin
May 28, 2015 Lee Trujillo-López
May 28, 2015 Jody Draznin
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 Sharon Kavanaugh
May 19, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 18, 2015 Sharon Kirk

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