Human Rights & Development Organization (HRDO)

HRDO, Human Rights & Development Organization, located in Mardan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, is a non-government, non-political, non-ethnical and non-profit organization. It was founded in 2005 by a group of enthusiastic social workers who agreed to unite their individual struggles on the common cause of sensitizing, mobilizing, serving, and delivering the rights of the marginalized segments of society. The founders were media reps, lawyers and volunteers both female and male.

As a newly established organization, HRDO has a long way to go to get the recognition and trust of society. HRDO, from the day it was founded, started its struggle to justify the purpose of its establishment. HRDO, with its own spirit and resources arranged to develop a network of volunteers at UCs level. The organization was successful in hosting events like seminars, debates and walks under the title of Basic Human Rights, Environmental Awareness, Education for All, and Health.

Furthermore, HRDO struggled and fought against social evils like SWARA (a harmful tradition wherein females are given in compensation for crimes committed by males) in the district of Mardan. HRDO led a successful media campaign against SWARA. The district administration and police took the issue seriously and launched an operation against all the evildoers.

HRDO played its role actively, in Mardan district, to facilitate and rehabilitate the victims of the flash floods in August 2006. The organization worked with the health department to hold health camps and vaccination programs in various UCs of Mardan.

The turning point for HRDO was its joining of MDF, Mardan Development Forum, in 2007. MDF is sponsored by SPO Peshawar. HRDO worked on the forum for a period of a year and in the year 2008 the organization’s president was elected as coordinator of MDF for two years, and in the election of 2010 HRDO continued to retain the post for next two years, until 2012.

HRDO is member of SPO Peshawar on MDF forum and Human Rights Cluster for District Mardan; it is a partner of IRSP in District WASH forum, other affiliations are with Action Aid, Aurat Foundation and District Government Mardan.

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