Luqa Indriyas starts his own school of “Arts and Crafts” with the help from Youth Economic Empowerment project.

My name is Luqa Indriyas Masih. I belong to the Christian colony, Chakwal. I did a course of art and craft with the help of Institute of Rural Management with the support from Plan Pakistan. When I secured the admission in this field, my friends made fun of me saying this field is specifically for girls. But since my childhood I loved making flowers and adding colors to them. After completing the course, I had no […]

Shabana benefits from Youth Economic Empowerment Project

My name is Shabana. I belong to Dhairi Saiyyadan, Choa Saidan Shah. I did a training course to learn the make-up skill/beautician from Institute of Rural Management with the support from Plan Pakistan a year ago. After completing the course, I started working in my native area. Over the period of time I earned perfection. However, the number of customers remained thin. I knew why it was so but could not do anything about it. […]

Another exposure trip – helping girls come out of their shells

Bedari organized another exposure trip for girls benefited under Her Choice – Building Child marriage Free Communities project, Lahore. In this visit 10 girls along with four women from communities were invited. Furthermore, three students brought their sisters in this visit. The visit was taken to the famous forest, Changa Manga outside Lahore. The place was selected on the criteria that the girls should be taken out of the station. This would let him gain the confidence […]

The Story of a Child Bride – Beena

“Daughters are considered a burden, and the sooner you get rid of the burden, the better. This mindset is the most important reason for child marriages in our communities – mine was no exception.” This is how Beena* starts her story. (*name changed to maintain confidentiality) “I was merely 14 years old when my parents decided to arrange my marriage. Luckily my husband is not too old – just 5 years my senior. He did not […]

Irum’s Story: Education helped her avoid child marriage

Hi… I am Irum, I am 14 years old, living in remote village named Dharyala Kahoon in district Chakwal (Punjab, Pakistan). We are three siblings – me and my two elder brothers. We were living happily – that is what I remember from my early childhood. I was too young to understand the tricky situation, but I remember everything changed with my father’s death. I was just three then. I didn’t know what death meant; […]

Exposure Trip -Girls exploring their own city, Chakwal

Bedari organized an exposure visit for girls benefiting from BCMFC (Building Child Marriage Free Communities) project Chakwal. This Visit was planned at the beautiful valley of Kalarkahar. Thought behind organizing this visit was that these girls should come out of their shells and see the world around them. In this visit, girls from 3 different communities, Pathar, Dhoke Khala and Sadiqabad, were invited and 17 girls took part. Participants were taken to Kalarkahar Lake, Shrine […]

Bedari staff went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for PCF8 (Pan-Commonwealth Forum) Conference

Bedari staff attended PCF8 (Pan-Commonwealth Forum) conference and launched its documentary, “A Tale of Two Marriages”, under the project, GIRLSInspire. This conference was held from 27-30th November, 2016 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PCF8 is a platform where Commonwealth community can exchange their experiences. This platform helps in bringing together people from various countries/backgrounds. People share their experiences, lessons learnt, and the way forward. People can make connections, learn from others’ experiences, and share their own successes. Three major activities were […]

Bedari holds a dialogue with parliamentarians of Punjab for legislation to restrain child marriages.

Bedari organized an event titled “A Dialogue with Parliamentarians of Punjab for Legislation to Restrain Child Marriages” at Lahore on 12th January 2017. The technical and financial support was provided by International Child Development Initiative (ICDI) under Her Choice – Building Child Marriage Free Communities and Commonwealth of Learning under Girls Inspire Project. Ms. Zakia Shahnawaz Minister Population Welfare Punjab presided over the event whereas other keynote speakers were from academia (University of the Punjab, […]

Faaria – a girl saved from Child Marriage

During a self-growth session, Bedari saw a fourteen years old girl, Faaria (far right on photo in black dress) sitting quietly at a corner. Faaria is the brightest student amongst all of the girls and she always showed her full participation in the activities we hold during the sessions. Therefore, it was a shock for Bedari team to see her like that. On asking her about her this state, she started crying. After that she […]

A successful District Convention with Political parties

Bedari Gujranwala organized District Convention under the project, “Deepening Democracy and Election Support in Pakistan – DESP” by FAFEN.  District Presidents of political parties including, PMLN (Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz), PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party), PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf), Awami Workers Party, PMLQ (Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam) attended the session.  A large number of people including women and minorities also participated in the convention. The said political leaders were as follows:   Rana Maqsood Ahmad (General Secretary/DeputyMayor-PMLN) Mushtaq […]