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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


Apr 27, 2017 Alexei Zelig
Apr 25, 2017 julie munson
Apr 25, 2017 Chris Miller
Apr 23, 2017 Cynthia Quast
Apr 23, 2017 Morgan Murchison
Apr 23, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Apr 23, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: the Bright Future Program is a monumental step in preventing violence against women. Please support Bright Future, and make all violence against women a thing of the past.
Apr 20, 2017 monique La Marca
Apr 19, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Apr 19, 2017 Rolande Gay Please support this program so that women in Ethiopia can become all they can be without fear of violence, rape, and being sold into slavery!
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Apr 14, 2017 Robert Stroud
Apr 13, 2017 Sellma Batalha
Apr 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Apr 10, 2017 johan Van Moerzeke
Apr 10, 2017 Sylvia Castle
Apr 10, 2017 Diane McMahon
Apr 10, 2017 Joseph Cani
Apr 10, 2017 Pam Hartje
Apr 10, 2017 Alejandra Fernandez Meijide
Apr 9, 2017 john pasqua
Apr 9, 2017 Laura Page
Apr 8, 2017 Catherine Kelly
Apr 8, 2017 Cindy Perilstein
Apr 8, 2017 Omkar Naga Jaya
Apr 8, 2017 PAUL GENARDI III
Apr 8, 2017 resi hennebert
Apr 7, 2017 Helen Jackson
Apr 7, 2017 Ivy Hoang
Apr 7, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 7, 2017 jackie lewthwaite
Apr 6, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Apr 5, 2017 christine burgess
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2017 Cathy Peterson
Apr 4, 2017 Art Bensen
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Apr 4, 2017 Matthew Tevlin
Apr 4, 2017 Sharon Evans-Ford
Apr 4, 2017 Bridget Blitz As a woman and social worker, I urge you to protect this program. Thank you.
Apr 4, 2017 Dawn Adams
Apr 4, 2017 Erica Bolliger
Apr 4, 2017 Darren Mitton
Apr 4, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 4, 2017 Philippa Powers
Apr 4, 2017 karen oakes

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