Young volunteers at Rahnuma (the Family Planning Association of Pakistan) set up a project,‘Girls Power', in nine areas of Pakistan.
Girls and young women in these communities found it hard to talk about sensitive issues like teenage pregnancy, child marriage, abortion and HIV, even though these were realities for many. Young women were suffering from a lack of education on important issues and it affected their health.
'Girls Power' created a number of tea parties where girls could safely discuss sexual and reproductive health issues with women in their community, like sisters, mothers and teachers.
The informal tea parties allowed girls to participate in discussions, express personal thoughts, and to acquire information, education and access services related to their health, without any discrimination.
The project also set up private spaces for young women to call a helpline and have their questions about sexual and reproductive health answered confidentially.
Over 2,500 women and girls attended 144 tea parties to discuss and learn about issues such as contraception, STIs, human rights, abortion and gender based violence. Hundreds more young women gained information via confidential helplines and social media outreach.