Why is fighting VAWIP essential to counter acid violence?
A research is currently being conducted on violence aginst women in Politics in Nepal, Pakistan and India in collaboration with Center for Social research (India), Saloni Singh ( Nepal), ASF (Pakistan). Remember? One of ASF goals is to ensure that survivors end up as proactive democratic citizens that exercise their fundamental rights. This is not possible if women are not part of the political process. To promote, protect and exercise her rights, a woman must take an active role in her society and therefore be part of the political process as voter, party worker, candidate or elected representative. This is all the more important when we see how women can be catalysts, can generate positive sustainable change, especially -but not exclusively- in the field of women and child rights; look at what survivors did to get the criminal law amendment act passed in Pakistan!!! Being part of the public sphere and joining the political process in a fundamental right for every woman in Pakistan, acid attack survivors and other citizens vulnerable to this form of violence will not forget it!!!