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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 16, 2018 Erin McCarty
Aug 16, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Aug 16, 2018 Kristina Cunha
Aug 16, 2018 Paul Statman
Aug 16, 2018 Casee Maxfield
Aug 10, 2018 Ellen Richman
Aug 9, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Aug 8, 2018 Nicole Fulton
Aug 7, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 1, 2018 Pat Mercer
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 Rosanne Cataldo
Jul 26, 2018 Brianna Anepete
Jul 26, 2018 Christopher Clark
Jul 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2018 Marilyn Miravalles
Jul 23, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Jul 22, 2018 Terri Robb
Jul 22, 2018 Jane Chischilly
Jul 21, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 16, 2018 Megan Gabrielle Rey
Jul 16, 2018 karen jackson
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 15, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jul 15, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 15, 2018 Paola Ballanti
Jul 12, 2018 Wylyn Hodnett
Jul 10, 2018 Kristin Trager
Jul 10, 2018 JoAnn Loomis
Jul 9, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 8, 2018 sally dunn
Jul 3, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Jul 2, 2018 Sara Miller
Jul 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 sue line
Jun 27, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2018 Terri Sammarco
Jun 27, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 24, 2018 Carolyn L. Spencer
Jun 20, 2018 SUDIE SALLEE THIS IS BARBARIC ACTION AT ITS WORSE. FREE THESE GIRLS TO DO WHAT THEY CHOOSE, NOT WHAT A MAN CHOOSES FOR THEM.
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 16, 2018 Heidi Steffy
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Richard Atkinson
Jun 12, 2018 Lourdes Guzman

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