Many of us think that forced marriage only happens in developing countries. However, 48 states allow minors to marry.
Bedari is a development organization in Pakistan working with women and girls for the promotion and protection of their human rights. It started its activities around awareness raising and self growth in 1991 with a landmark community conference on violence against women and eventually setting up Pakistan’s first crisis center. It has developed expertise on issues of gender empowerment, addressing violence and abuse against women and girls and processes of attitudinal change. Bedari has contributed in raising awareness on women and girls’ rights and gender issues. It has highlighted disparities and launched advocacy campaigns on women and girls’ human rights issues by organizing events, theaters, puppet shows, talks, trainings, workshops, seminars and conferences. It has conducted all these activities alone as well as through alliances or partnerships with other like-minded organizations. Projects range from advocating for labor rights as well as child marriage prevention.
Promoting equal rights of all (including women, men, boys and girls) in society through capacity building, education and advocacy
A society where women and girls enjoy equal status as human beings