DIYA established in 2012 is a non-profit and non-governmental organization working for poverty alleviation and injustice in Pakistan. DIYA has been registered under the Voluntarily Social Welfare Registration Act, 1961 on April 2nd, 2013.
DIYA works with neglected, underprivileged and vulnerable communities in Pakistan with focus on children and youth. DIYA promotes a democratic, fair and progressive society and advocacy on equal rights of women & children. DIYA believes that women have vital role for sustainable development in Pakistan. Therefore, it undertakes a number of activities, projects and programs to support active participation of women in political, economic, and decision-making processes in the country.
Pakistan is world’s sixth most populated country where more or less 63% population is less than 25 years of age. Such a large number of youth in Pakistan deserves a lot more attention. But unfortunately the youth faces lack of opportunities for growth due to endemic poverty and high ratio of unemployment. DIYA works with youth in order to enhance their leadership capabilities and provide them better economic and social opportunities.
Children are another marginalized group of population in Pakistan. From malnutrition and poor access to education and health facilities to exploitation in the form of child labor; there is variety of serious challenges for children. In rural areas of Pakistan, 74% children work in agricultural fields whereas in urban areas 31% children work as child laborers in manufacturing concerns. Pakistan has a high rate of child sexual abuse where most cases remain unreported due to social constraints. Corporal punishment and other forms of physical & emotional abuse is a common practices especially in rural & semi-urban areas. Pakistan has a high rate of early marriages are more victimized through this practice. In year 2012, 42% out of 60 million early marriages in the world were from Pakistan. In this pathetic situation of child rights, DIYA strives to ensure provision of equal rights & protection to the children at community, society and state levels.
DIYA’s interventions are based upon holistic approach. Our strategies include awareness-raising, social mobilization, skills enhancement, law enforcement, service delivery, and advocacy.