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Saving Face Wins Oscar!!! Well Done Pakistani Women!

February 27th, 2012

Pakistani journalist and documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest venture Saving Face has won an Oscar award under the category ‘Best Documentary, Short Subject’.

In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to “all the heroes working on the ground in Pakistan” including British Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, main subjects of the documentary and the women of Pakistan.

“All the women in Pakistan working for change, don’t give up on your dreams, this is for you,” she said.

Dedicating the award to main subjects Rukhsana and Zakia, Obaid-Chinoy said that their “resilience and bravery in the face of such adversary is admirable”.

Co-director Daniel Junge said he had the idea for the film after hearing about Jawad, and asked Chinoy to work with him. He has been previously nominated for an both an Oscar and an Emmy.

“To win … and with such a http://i1.tribune.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/342358-sharmeenobaidreuters-1330317111-941-640x480.jpgsubject – it’s such an honour,” he said.

The documentary Saving Face chronicles the work of Dr Jawad, who performed reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan.

The documentary, which is filmed across Islamabad, Rawalpindi and the small towns of Punjab, was released in the US in November. It is due to release in the UK in March 2012, following which it will be released in Pakistan.

“The women who decided to be a part of the documentary did so because they wanted to make their voices heard and wanted to bring attention to this form of assault,” Chinoy said in an interview conducted before she won the Oscar.

“The main reason that they are in Saving Face is to make their stories heard and have an impact.” Many victims are women attacked by their husbands, and others assaulted for turning down a proposal of marriage. One girl in the documentary describes how she was burned after rejecting the advances of her teacher. She was 13 at the time.

Another woman featured in the film is 25-year-old Rukhsana, whose husband threw acid on her and her sister-in-law doused her in gasoline before her mother-in-law lit a match and set her on fire.

Chinoy said she hopes the cases in her film will resonate for others in Pakistan.

“It is a story of hope with a powerful message for the Pakistani audience. I felt this would be a great way to show how Pakistanis can help other Pakistanis overcome their problems,” she said.

Chinoy’s films have won international acclaim. Her 2010 documentary, Pakistan’s Taliban Generation, won an International Emmy Award.

At the ceremony, Obaid-Chinoy chose to wear female designers, from her clothes and her jewellery.

“I am wearing Bunto Kazmi for the ceremony and will be wearing Sana Safinaz and Saniya Maskatiya for Oscar-related events. My jewellery will be done by Kiran Aman of Kiran Fine Jewellery and Sherezad Rahimtoola of Labels. I am really excited to showcase local Pakistani talent, and that too all women,” revealed Chinoy.

Link:  http://tribune.com.pk/story/342358/sharmeen-obaid-chinoys-documentary-wins-oscar-for-best-documentary-short-subject/

A Link With All Details Regarding Saving Face And The Outreach Program…

February 26th, 2012

DO NOT MISS IT!

http://www.savingfacefilm.com/donate/

Celebrating 12th February 2012: National Woman Day Along With National Commission On The Status Of Women And Ministry Of Human Rights, EVAWG Alliance And Schola Nova.

February 20th, 2012

Schola Nova Students Council team volunteering to celebrate Pakistani National Women Day.

The Burning truth program of Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan has always made sure that we would include youth turned into agents of change, and thus, promote the volunteers who will be in charge of generating systemic change and promote human rights. Here they are along with Valerie Khan, ASF chairperson.

Congratulations, Pakistan is proud of them!

Henna Safdar, ASF project manager with a few volunteers: good work!

First Pakistani Nomination Ever For Oscar for “Saving Faces”, Thank You Daniel And Sharmeen, ASF Team, Dr Jawad And The Survivors!

January 25th, 2012

First Pakistani documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy earns Oscar nomination

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 9:37:17 by

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First Pakistani documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy earns Oscar nomination

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the renowned journalist and documentary maker, has become first Pakistani to earn an Oscar nomination with her film ‘Saving face, which was named in the “Documentary-short film” category.

Obaid, who has documented numerous short films, won an Emmy award, back in 2010, for her documentary, ‘Pakistan Children of the Taliban.

Commenting about this unique achievement, she observed, “I am speechless. It has reaffirmed my belief. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if you put quality work out there, it will be appreciated. I hope I can make Pakistan proud by bringing home an Oscar.”

The documentary, ‘Saving Face’ is the story of two women from South Punjab who became victims of acid violence.

“It’s a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly, it portrays how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat them and it also discusses, in great depth, the parliament’s decision to pass a bill on acid violence,” she had commented when her documentary was short-listed for nominations, back in October 2011.

According to the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill, the perpetrators of acid violence will be punished with imprisonment for life, and Obaid-Chinoy has captured that aspect in her latest project.

The documentary accounts the work of an acclaimed Pakistani-origin British plastic surgeon, Dr Muhammad Jawad, as he travels to Pakistan and performs reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid victims.

Acid violence, an extreme form of physical cruelty, is systemically describe in Pakistan; official statistics state that a hundred cases of acid violence are reported annually, though it is anticipated that the real figure is far bigger.

Due to structural inequalities, the women face immense difficulties to access the judicial system in addition to hoary cultural practices.

‘Saving Face’ is shot across twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and the small towns of Punjab. It will be on-aired in the US on March 8, at HBO, while it is due to release in the UK later that month, on selected cinemas, following which it will be released in Pakistan.

She is very brave and chooses stories that touch the heart and turns them into movies that break it. She covered many stories ranging from ranging from child abuse, violence against women, terrorism and natural disasters.

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Implementation Of Step 1: A Priority!

January 23rd, 2012
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Women’s rights: Activists, experts discuss effect of political instability on legislation

Published: January 19, 2012

Following devolution to provinces, progress made for the cause appears to have been reset. ILLUSTRATION: SAMAD SIDDIQUI

LAHORE: In a country as politically unstable as Pakistan, women’s rights activists and experts say, adoption of legislation to protect women is only a first step towards the long struggle that lies ahead for empowering women.

“Passage of the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010 is just the first step and should be taken as just that, because devolution [under the 18th amendment] has left much to be desired in terms of implementation,” Valerie Khan, chairperson of the Acid Survivors Foundation, told a seminar on gender-sensitive legislation held in Lahore on Thursday.

Khan was a panellist at the seminar organised by NGOs Mumkin Alliance, an umbrella organisation of 16 member groups working against violence against women, in collaboration with South Asia Partnership – Pakistan. Representatives from across Punjab participated in the event.

Participants agreed that determining a mechanism to effectively implement a law’s provisions, particularly at the grassroots, is the biggest challenge in the fight against gender-based violence. Police behaviour and indifference of society towards violence against women were termed as other obstacles by grass roots activists and political workers.

“An implementation mechanism is not clearly determined when legislation is prepared and that is the one link which can help bridge the gap between law and its implementation,” said Salman Abid, regional director of the Strengthening Participatory Organisation. He said legislation on the issue had been regularly taking place but attitudes had remained entrenched. “The ‘woman question’ needs to be internalised and the matter needs to be taken up as a national cause rather than as a question of gender only.”

Greater female representation in parliament was termed a positive development, but absence of support at the grassroots level was identified as a hurdle.

“The presence of women parliamentarians has been a driving force behind gender-sensitive legislation,” said Mumtaz Mughal of the Aurat Foundation, citing research conducted by her organisation. “However, following devolution [of the subject of women’s rights] to provinces, delays have occurred in creating gender-sensitivity among relevant departments.”

Mughal used Punjab as an example where constant shuffled in bureaucracy have led to inordinate delays in the passage of a bill on domestic violence, which has been drafted and tabled in the Punjab Assembly. “The bill will protect vulnerable individuals, regardless of gender.”

“The Punjab government is committed to passing bills on violence against women, primary of these being the bill on domestic violence against women,” said Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, an adviser to the Punjab chief minister, who was the chief guest.

A consensus appeared among all participants on the significance of local bodies to ensuring implementation at the grassroots level.

“The Punjab government should appoint a woman provincial ombudsman who is authorised to receive complaints on violence against women,” suggested Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal.

“Men have to help create a space where the debate for accepting women can be generated,” said Bushra Khaliq of the Wise. “A girl, from the moment she steps out of her house to acquire an education and throughout her career, struggles against obstacles put up by society.”

Violence appears to be acceptable behaviour in Pakistan, said executive director of SAP-Pakistan Muhammad Tehseen Shah.

Grassroots activists raised the question of a lack of awareness about legislation among the activists themselves. Workers from women wings of various political parties, namely Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, participated in the seminar as well and criticised the ineffective implementation of laws.

Towards Law Implementation For the amendment of HURT in the PPC and preparing STEP 2: Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2012

January 13th, 2012

ASF team with Friends of Burns and medical staff in Civil Hospital in Karachii

ASF team with policemen in Quetta.

Working On Amendment Implementation: ASF ED And ASF Legal Experts.

January 3rd, 2012

Discussing the amendment of HURT in the Pakistani penal code with lawyers in Faisalabad...

Interactive training in Faisalabad...

Sensitising law enforcement agencies representatives in Sukkur...

Child Protection Program:A New Chapter With A Pilot DIC Project In Jatoi…

November 28th, 2011

ASF is piloting a project under emergency fund to establish a community Drop in Center that sensitises children to self protection from CSA, CSEC and Acid Violence, and focuses on Child rights within the context of natural disasters; it also aims at establishing youth committees to enforce child protection. Find above a few pictures to present you this new adventure and express our gratitude to GD, Air France, Fondation de France to sponsor phase 1 and Smile Again Italy, 5 miles, to sponsor phase 2.

Saving Faces Gets Preselected For Oscar Nomination: Let Us Keep Our Fingers Crossed!

October 19th, 2011

Charmaine Obayd Chinoy and Daniel Junge directing the movie SAVING FACES which features Dr Jawad’s role and ASF rehabilitation, advoccay and lobbying work, good news, good surprises, let us see the future scenario…!

Dusri Zindegi: A Second Life For Acid Survivors…

September 10th, 2011

This project conducted under the empowerment program in collaboration with Smile Again Italy, ASTI, Cosmoprof and Vanity Fair guarantees that acid survivors are provided comprehensive rehablittaion services as per need. To this purpose, we would particularly like to thank Pr Hamid Hasan (Holy Family Hospital) , Dr Naheed Chaudry (Multan Hospital), Dr Tariq Iqbal (PIMS), Mr Darbir Ur Rehman (Civil Hospital Karachi) for their ongoing support and the services they are extending to acid attack victims.

The photos below will show you a quick view of the kind of services patients are being provided with.

Kanacort injection in the neck to address contractures

Medical check up for Anjum after the injection