Message from President Behbud
It is my belief that when you enable a woman to become financially independent, you empower her socially and politically too. Every penny earned by her is spent on her home and educating her children. The impact is instant.
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Behbud Association’s headquarters, set in the heart of Rawalpindi, is one of the largest hand embroideries unit in Pakistan. With a systematic recruitment process in place, we formally evaluate each individual woman’s craft know-how and artistic interests, and consequently begins a thorough training process for skill enhancement and refinement.
From the very beginning, Behbud introduced the concept of home schools in communities where children were at risk of dangers such as abuse and exploitation. Currently with eight home schools in rural and urban slums located in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Anjum Riyazul Haque, the Chairperson of the Education Committee at Behbud, explains that these schools were launched as a safe haven for unsupervised toddlers.
We approach the subject of women’s health in a sensitive manner. This is because sexual and reproductive health is often considered taboo subjects due to a lack of awareness and guidance. It is for this reason that primary and reproductive healthcare has always been one of our greatest missions in women empowerment.
We swiftly respond to catastrophic events through our extensive disaster relief work. During the 2005 earthquake, we rehabilitated affectees by spearheading the construction of 168 shelters in remote villages in the Abbottabad District, including the establishment of a rehabilitation center for the injured at our Lahore chapter.
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