Formed in 2014, Girls United for Human Rights envisions a peaceful, socially just, democratic and tolerant society where all girls have equal status, are not discriminated against and live with dignity, respect and equality. GUHR’s mission is to empower girls as rights holders to claim their rights and to advocate and mobilize for gender equality and social justice. The group essentially works to empower girls so that they can live the life they want.
Since 2014, GUHR has campaigned for girls rights, especially to education as a tool to prevent them being married off early. GUHR has visited 300 houses building dialogues with parents informing them about the negative impacts of child marriages on girls. Over 500 community members have increased awareness about the issue through community theatre events and sensitised over 800 community members through awareness sessions. The group has also managed to work with 20 Prayer Leaders and 3 Islamic scholars in SWAT Valley to speak during Friday sermons on women and girls rights. Through police and judicial interventions, GUHR has also been able to protect 6 girls from child marriages, and 2 from Swara – a cultural practice where girls are married to resolve feuds, provided legal assistance to 4 girl survivors of rape and supported many more by referring them for legal assistance to service providers.