Child Marriage


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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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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Hussna saved from early marriage through collective efforts

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“I really like school. I dream to study law, but my mother can’t afford it. I know my dreams will never come true,” said 15 years old Hussna about her love for education. A girl named Hussna, belonged to a poor family from Lodhran. Her father died when she was only seven years old. Her mother started working as a domestic worker in her town. She used to take Hussna with her for help while […]

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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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Bedari held a successful meeting with Women Caucus to discuss the issues and consequences of Child Marriage

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Bedari team Lahore had a meeting with parliamentarians (Women caucus) to address the issue of Child Marriage and engage girls in educational and productive activities. It was a combined activity under the projects, Marriage No Child’s Play and Her Choice. Following issues were discussed in detail: 1. Discuss flows in Child marriage law and push women caucus to perform their role in legislation assembly. 2. Amend the current Child marriage law and present in the assembly from women caucus platform. 3. Increase […]

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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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Naveed Sultan is a volunteer of change to combat Child Marriage.

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“I was in a shock, but I knew I had to stand for that little girl and save her from child marriage”, expressed Mr. Naveed Sultan, principal of “Al-Hassan Public School” working with Punjab Education Foundation (PEF). Mr. Sultan is running the school from past seven years at Basti Chagra which is situated 7 kilometers from Sheher Sultan on Ali Pur road. He believes that he is striving a lot for the betterment of the […]

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Ramsha Sattar – An innocent child and a victim of severe abuse

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  Ramsha (in the center) with her family “Throughout my marriage I was a victim of severe sexual and domestic violence and I was unaware of that because I was too young to understand”, shared Ramsha Sattar. Ramsha is just 14 years old girl and Bedari came in contact with her during a self-growth session. Her father’s name is Abdul Sattar and her husband’s name is Muhammad Azam. She has 5 sisters and 1 brother. […]

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Irum’s Story: Education helped her avoid child marriage

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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; […]

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