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Dr. Qibla Aayaz, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, and Ms. Mehnaz Aziz, member National Assembly PMLN, committed to help Bedari and young girls in taking up the matter of Child Marriage to an end!

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ISLAMABAD (15th October 2018): The event titled ‘A policy dialogue on child marriage’ was organized by Bedari in collaboration with Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) on 1st day during  annual Conference on Rural Women. Setting a Joint Agenda for Empowerment and Progress activities, focus on issue of child marriage was placed at the event. Speaking at the event, Bedari Executive Director, Ms. Anbreen Ajaib said that since issue of child marriages is one of […]

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With a changed attitude, Nasira tends to guide other girls towards importance of education

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“It is very important to live in a realistic world. Girls’ education is very important to safeguard them from violence and to enable them for decent job” Nasira’s message for other girls. Bedari is implementing Building Child Marriage Free Communities Program in ten communities of District Lahore. Capacity Building trainings and sessions for girls and boys have proven to be very useful as far as confidence, communication and leadership is concerned. While working in the field, […]

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Girls play cricket to end the notion of Gender division

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“The participation of women and girls in healthy activities challenges gender stereotypes and discrimination, and therefore is a vehicle to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”, said by the principle of Govt. Girl’s High School, District Vehari during the concluding ceremony of the cricket match among girls at this school. It is observed that, Girls who play sports are more confident, do better academically and are at less risk of diseases […]

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Police Officials were trained by Bedari on Child Marriage law

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Bedari team organized full day training with Police officials on Child Marriage law at Police Headquarter, Lahore. The training aimed at raising the sensitivity of police officials on child marriage law, highlighting their role as police officials and discussing the challenges police faces while addressing such case. 87 police officials attended the training. According to Punjab’s law the minimum age for girl to be married is 16 years while for boy its 18 years, which itself […]

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Hafiz Mahtaab supports Bedari to aware girls about SRHR

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“This banner will not go inside among women!” Hafiz Mahtaab Shabbir from Vehari had anger in his eyes and his tone was quite harsh. We were a little confused looking at his reactions. Gathering strength we asked Mr. Mahtaab about the thing on that banner which was not acceptable for him. He responded that this word “Sexual Health” is not tolerable for him. He stated that we don’t talk to women about such topics as […]

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Child Protection Committee saved Saira from Child Marriage

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Saira is fifteen years old and belongs to a very poor and religious family. She has 8 siblings, four brothers and four sisters. In Saira’s hometown, Muzaffargarh, girls are often married before they reach their sixteenth birthday. Most of the parents in her community view child marriage as a way out of poverty and insecurity. All of Saira’s sisters are victims of early marriage and same case was going to happen with her. Saira’s parents were […]

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Shazia was reunited with her family after her husband was counseled about rights of his wife

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My teachers loved me because I was counted as one of the most brilliant students in grade 9. Despite of poverty, support from my parents helped me get education. I wanted to become a doctor and serve my parents and the country. We are 7 siblings. My two brothers and two sisters are elder than me and are married. Two of the brothers are younger than me and study in grade five and four. My […]

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Bedari conducts training of health staff on being youth friendly

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 Bedari provided training to 35 female health staff including lady health workers, lady health visitors, and female staff of Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centers in district Vehari (Punjab, Pakistan). It was aimed at facilitating them on providing youth friendly health services to young girls. It has been observed that young girls especially in their teens usually have serious health issues especially sexual and reproductive health problems, but they do not consult the staff […]

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

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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 […]

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