In this male dominant society, women are facing multi-faceted challenges both at home and outside. Domestically, she endures parental discrimination, sexual abuses, domestic tortures, cultural restrictions and religious bindings, but when she steps out of home, she faces more challenges like sexual harassment, wage discrimination, honor killings, etc. This situation seems worst in the tribal and economically low profile districts of Pakistan, particularly in upper Sindh
Early child marriage is one such grave issue prevalent all over the country. In 2012, 75 cases of child marriages were reported by different media agencies; of these total cases, 43 per cent children were from 11 to 15 years old and 32 per cent from the age group 6 to 10 years of age. In 2008-2009, 24228 children of age group 10-14 were reported married and 1029784 children of age group 15-19 were reported married. The number of children married in their minor ages is in millions but are not monitored and reported. The Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (2006-07) mentions in its section on teenage fertility that almost half of the girls of 15 to 18 years of age were already pregnant or had a baby to take care of. The exact numbers of child or early marriages are not available due to lack of proper documentation and data collection. APWA has been on the forefront of advocacy efforts to curtail the menace of child marriage. Throughout its life APWA has had a firm stance on the issue and has been working with different stakeholders to end child marriages.
APWA in collaboration with Plan International held a panel discussion titled “SRH services among youth & effects of early age marriages. “My Right To information “. 350 students attended the event and participated in the discussion.