Child Marriages


Samina aims to make her village  ‘Child Marriage Free’

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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. […]

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What will I do when I leave the shelter home? … Saima Mughal

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Hello… I am Saima – just 16 years old, married … not only married but already divorced also. Yes, I got married when I was 11 years old. I live in a suburban town of district Multan. Well, the problem was that my father died when I was very young. My mother married again. Life was not easy with a step-father. There were problems right from the beginning, but as I grew the things turned […]

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Policy Dialogue with Parliamentarians on Child, Early, and Forced Marriages

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To mark International Day of the Girl Child 2014, UNFPA, Bedari and Sujag Sansar jointly organized a “Policy Dialogue with Parliamentarians on the early/forced/child marriage bill in Punjab” on 24 October, 2014 in Lahore. Distinguished Parliamentarians from Sindh were also there to discuss their experience of passing the Child Marriage Act in Sindh with their counterparts in Punjab. In many parts of Pakistan social customs and traditions pressurize parents to marry their girls early with negative […]

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