Learning Tostan’s Human Rights Approach to Community –led Development

Bedari Staff member Ms. Saima Toor (Program Manager) participated in ten days training on “Tostan’s Approach of Empowering Communities” through skills and knowledge. Tostan- Dignity for all is working since 1974 in Senegal. Ms. Molly Melching is the founding member of Tostan. This training was conducted in Dakar – Senegal from April 6-16, 2016. There were 22 participants from 17 countries of the world. All of them are working on different social issues in their […]

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Bedari staff participates in training workshop on baseline survey tools in Nepal

Bedari Staff participated in a regional workshop on baseline survey conducted by Amsterdam University in Nepal from 4th to 9th April under Her Choice Project, which aims at addressing the issue of child marriages in many countries including Pakistan. In the workshop, fourteen members from five 5 organizations of Nepal,Bangladesh and Pakistan participated. The objective of the workshop was to train the participants to conduct baseline survey in their respective regions. The training also included a field visit to […]

Update 2 – Good News on Girls Education 1

Dear Friends, This is with reference to our Appeal for Donations to keep 101 girls in schools for next 6 months. We are really overjoyed to share with you that our partner organization Girls Education International (GEI) has informed us that they have raised sufficient funds, and would be sending the next tranche in a few days. It means that girls can continue with their education for at least one more year. We are grateful to all […]


GE Launching 2014 (2)

Update 1 – Appeal for Donations

Dear Friends, This is with reference to our Appeal for Donations to keep 101 girls in schools for next 6 months. We are really glad that we have plenty of good news to share. We have received immense response from you. The donations are pouring in, though we have not been able to follow through our plan to reach out to more and more people. We faced problems with our website, emailing system, and finally […]

GIRLS Inspire launched on 8th March

GIRLS Inspire – a project to address the issue of child marriages by enhancing access to education and skill training – has been launched on 8th March 2016. The project would be implemented in 5 countries – Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Mozambique. As the partners are scattered in 5 countries (3 continents), they participated in the launching through Skype call. It is being funded by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) – an organization based in […]

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Girls play again

Girls and boys equally love to play games. However, girls and young women are discouraged to play in our society after a certain age – say 8 years. Girls are required to stay indoors, and help their mothers with household chores. The society ignores the importance of games, pleasure, and physical activities in girls’ lives. Bedari, keeping in mind the objective of improving girls’ lives, organized games for young girls (age group 13-19 years) in […]

For the first time in their lives, girls go out on exposure trip

Bedari has been running a program ‘Girls’ Post Primary Level Education’ since 2009 with financial support from Girls Education International in district Chakwal of Pakistan. It runs in phases of 5 years, and first was completed in March 2014, while second phase was started in April 2014, and would continue till 2019. In the first phase, Bedari and Girls Education International sent 30 girls from two villages to secondary school, while in the 2nd phase […]

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Girl Power concludes

Our 5 years long project Girl Power concluded on December 31, 2015. Girl Power was a five-year international program funded by the Dutch Government. It was developed by six civil society organizations in the Netherlands including ICDI, Women Win, Free Press Unlimited, Child Helpline International, DCI-Ecpat, and Plan Netherlands under the umbrella of Child Rights Alliance (CRA), led by Plan International Netherlands. Bedri established 52 child protection committees in Chakwal and Vehari (26 in each district), […]

Civil society demands effective legislation to curb domestic violence

Civil society representatives demanded enactment of effective legislation to deal with domestic violence. This demand was raised in a ‘Conference on Domestic Violence’ organized by Bedari held at SAFMA Auditorium in Lahore today. The conference was attended by people from different walks of life including members of Punjab assembly including Abeera Andaleeb, Dr. Nosheen Hamid, and Sadia Sohail Rana, Fouzia Viqar (Chairperson, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women), I A Rehman (general secretary, Human […]

Samina from Bedari

Samina aims to make her village  ‘Child Marriage Free’

I am Samina, and I am 26 now, and married for last 13 years. Here is my story: We used to live in a village near Multan city. We were 9 sisters, and no brother. My parents wanted to have a son, so they kept trying, and continued to add unwanted daughters to the family. My father worked on daily wages, which were not regular; and of course, not sufficient to meet our basic needs. […]