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

  • June 2, 2014

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

  • December 19, 2013

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

Partner: Aahung

  • November 12, 2013

Established in 1994 as a Karachi-based community project, Aahung has become a leading authority in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Pakistan. Aahung works with schools, medical education institutions, and non-governmental and governmental organizations to advance the health and rights of adolescents.

Leaders for Sex Ed in Pakistan

  • January 10, 2011

“They ask me when you should start sex education, and I say as soon as the child can talk. They should be told the names of the genitals just as they are told about hands and eyes and ears, and nose.” Those are the words of Dr. Mobin Akhtar, a psychiatrist who promotes sexuality…

Pakistani Activists Collaborate with Religious Leaders to Promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education

  • January 5, 2010

The International Women’s Health Coalition partner Aahung, a brilliant Karachi-based organization, has been promoting comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Pakistan since 1994. In August of this year, a national backlash broke out against CSE in Pakistan after a conservative religious newspaper, the Daily Ummat, reported that the Dawood Public School was using a…

Speaking Up Against Rape in Pakistan

  • July 27, 2009

In 2002, a young woman in Pakistan named Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped as punishment for her 12-year-old brother’s alleged affair with a woman of a higher clan. Because of Mai’s determination to seek justice, the 13 accused were detained. She has pressed charges through to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, and as a result,has faced…

Interview with Fatima Haider, Aahung Program Manager

  • March 1, 2007

Fatima Haider is the Program Manager at Aahung, a non-profit organization that aims to promote and protect sexual health and rights in Pakistan. She completed her Bachelors degree in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY (2002). Fatima joined Aahung as a Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Coordinator in 2003. She was promoted to…

Addressing Gender Inequality in Adolescent Life Skills Education: Aahung’s Experience in Pakistan

  • May 8, 2002

This speech, delivered by Shazia Mohamed, Founder and Director of Aahung, was part of Adolescents at the Crossroads, a panel presentation on adolescent sexuality education organized by IWHC in cooperation with Aahung, Action Health Incorporated (Nigeria), the Youth Coalition, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, during the UN…