Since 1999, IWHC has supported efforts to promote gender equality and strengthen comprehensive sexuality education in Pakistan.

Our partner Aahung has become a leading authority in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the country, working with schools, medical education institutions, and non-governmental and governmental organizations to advance the health and rights of adolescents. They have reached thousands of girls and boys with essential life skills education, including information on human sexuality and preventing gender-based violence. The organization’s work at medical institutions is to train students in nursing and medical schools in the skills required to work on sexual health issues such as confidentiality and the ethical issues involved.

Sheena Hadi: A Champion for Girls in Pakistan

  • August 15, 2017

IWHC presented Pakistani activist Sheena Hadi with the Joan B. Dunlop Award in March 2017. Hadi currently serves as Executive Director of Aahung, a nonprofit organization and IWHC grantee partner devoted to improving young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health information and care.

Ending Child Marriage, One Play at a Time

Laws against child marriage are important, but groups like Aahung are showing how community outreach is just as critical.

Learning from Challenges in Measuring Our Work

Guest blogger Neha Mankani of Aahung in Pakistan explores both the difficulties in evaluating the impact of comprehensive sexuality education programs and some unique and creative strategies.

IWHC Supporters Surrounded by Art, Inspired by Activism

  • April 9, 2015

On March 11, 2015, more than 70 IWHC supporters and partners gathered to hear three women speak about their activism in Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and Egypt.

Our Top Wins in 2014

Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.

Erin Burnett Speaks with Women’s Rights Activists from Africa and Asia

  • September 23, 2014

At the International Women's Health Coalition’s 30th Anniversary, CNN's Erin Burnett moderated a discussion on progress for women and girls in Africa and Asia with Fadekemi Akinfaderin (Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria), Sheena Hadi (Aahung, Pakistan) and Yvette Kathurima (FEMNET, Kenya).

Progress in the Face of Adversity: Activists Discuss Setbacks and Challenges for Women’s Rights

To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Women’s Health Coalition earlier this month, IWHC hosted a panel discussion with three young women activists to assess the progress we’ve made and address the challenges that lie ahead for women’s rights.

Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Education in Pakistan

  • July 31, 2014

By Suzanne Ito Four years after its inception in 1994, Pakistan-based NGO Aahung surveyed adolescent girls’ and boys’ knowledge of issues including sexual health, bodily changes, and gender-based discrimination and violence. What they found would be shocking to many. Girls were unaware about menstruation, and spoke of the trauma of having their first period.

Sindh Province in Pakistan Outlaws Child Marriage

The new law allows for a fine of 45,000 rupees (approximately $700) and imprisonment up to three years of anyone who "performs, conducts, directs, brings about or in any way facilitates any child marriage."

Aahung Wins Dutch Human Rights Award

Last week, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded its prestigious Human Rights Tulip Award to Aahung, IWHC’s partner organization in Pakistan.