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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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Conference on “State of Minorities in Pakistan”

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A conference was organized in the last week of October 2014 in Muzaffargarh city by Bedari to promote inter-religious and inter-sectarian harmony.  The conference was attended by people from all walks of life including a large representation of minorities including Christian, Hindus, etc. It was organized by Bedari in collaboration with Umeed Jawan. Conference started with the theatre performance from Bedari’s theatre group.  They prepared a theatre entitled “Aman Di Khed”, keeping in view the […]

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Jamila gets her daughter back

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Jamila is a 24-year old married woman with two daughters. Her husband Bilal works as a cobbler in the city. She spent the first six months of marriage happily with her husband but that changed when her mother-in-law started threatening her with a divorce if she did not bear a male child within a year. She got pregnant soon after but when she asked her husband to take her for a medical check-up, he began […]

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2nd Phase of Girls’ Education beyond Primary Level launched in Chakwal

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The 2nd phase of Girls Education beyond Primary Level was launched yesterday (June 09, 2014) in Government Girls Primary School Hattar (Tehsil Kalar Kahar, District Chakwal). Mr. Abdul Waheed, District Officer Secondary Education was the chief guest at the occasion. In this phase, 70 girls from 5 remote villages – Thirchak, Natto Wala, Maira Aemah, Chakki Rangpur, and Hattar – have been awarded scholarships. The ceremony was attended by the notables of the area including […]

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Iqra Munir would have been raising kids by now…

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Iqra Munir’s elder sister had to leave her school when she was in class 7. Soon she got married. More or less the same future was expected for Iqra as well. Her father had died a few years ago. She was also in class 7 when she dropped out of her school as the family could not afford the cost of transportation to and from the Secondary School. However, she did not have to stay […]

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Fozia rejoins her school…

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Fozia Zikriya had been studying in the Government Elementary School, and living a life free of cares in her small village named Sarkalan some 48 Kilometers to the south-west of Chakwal City. But fate had something else in store for her. Her father was implicated in a false case of murder, and had been tortured, which paralyzed him mentally, and he became schizophrenic. This created a very tough situation for the family, as the only […]

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Sultana Batool – the girl saved from teenage marriage – is now earning a decent living

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Sultana* wanted to study further but her parents had other plans for her. As they could not afford to keep her in school, they had selected a groom for her and wanted to marry her off as soon as possible so that they could have one less mouth to feed. Sultana was in deep trouble and just did not know if there was any way out of this difficult situation. That was the time when […]

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Sidra had tears of joy in her eyes

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Sidra Batool was very anxious. She could not sleep all the night. She got up unusually early that morning and prepared for her school. It was a very important day of her life. She boarded her wagon and sat quietly. There were many other girls in the wagon going to the same school studying in various classes. They were chattering, giggling, gossiping. However, nothing attracted Sidra. She could not think of anything else, as it […]

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The man who made girls’ education possible

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Mr. Ghulam Murtaza, also known as ‘Doctor’ in his native village, has made it possible for 30 girls from villages Sarkalan and Laphi (District Chakwal in Pakistan) to rejoin their school. He had served as a paramedic staff at Ganga Ram Hospital Lahore for over 20 years and at Kala Bagh Hospital for another 5 years. This is the precise reason for his nick – doctor. As he retired from his medical service and came […]

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After three years, I am back in school – Zofishan

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“My name is Zofishan and I am studying in 6th grade. I live in a small and beautiful village Laphi [in district Chakwal, Pakistan]. I have 5 brothers and one sister. All my brothers are studying in various grades. However, my eldest sister Fatima is not going to school. I, too, was not going to school for three years before I rejoined my school with support from Bedari. I had studied up to grade 5 […]

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