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Article From The NEWS

February 25th, 2014
Myra Imran
Thursday, February 13, 2014
From Print Edition
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Islamabad

An acid attack survivor Samar Bibi has said that acid attack has destroyed her face but it is not the end of life for her. Rather, it is start of a new life.

She said this while speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs, titled ‘Visual Art Exhibition of the Work of Acid Attack Survivors’, captured by her and eight other acid attack survivors here Wednesday.

Showing enormous resilience and courage, nine acid attack survivors, trained as photographers, unveiled their photographs at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. The exhibition was organised to commemorate Pakistan National Women’s Day.

National Women’s Day highlights the struggle of women’s rights activists in Pakistan. The origins of the day go back to February 12, 1983, when women’s rights activists gathered at Lahore Mall to protest against anti-women legislation promoted by President Zia-ul-Haq. The women were stopped from proceeding to their planned destination, Lahore High Court, and were tear-gassed and hit by batons. Many of them were jailed for raising their voices against Zia.

“Women’s rights are human rights, and violence against women is a violation of human rights. The United States is committed to working with Pakistan to eliminate violence against women,” said United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, who inaugurated the exhibition.

“I believe that initiatives such as this project, which is aimed at assisting survivors in their rehabilitation process while providing them with an opportunity through knowledge of the business of photography to become entrepreneurs, can bring hope to the lives of these brave women,” she added.

The three-day exhibition that began Wednesday is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), through its partners, Aurat Foundation, and the Acid Survivors Foundation under the Gender Equity Programme.

The ‘Visual Art Exhibition of the Work of Acid Attack Survivors’ displays the work of acid survivors who attended a two-week photography training workshop. The goal was to assist survivors in their rehabilitation process while providing them with photographic knowledge and skills that may later result in an income-generating activity.

ASF Chairperson Valerie Khan demanded the government to pass comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill at the provincial level to ensure that rehabilitation services for survivors. “Proactive and constructive response to acid and burn violence must be part of the wider indigenous policy to counter GBV in our country. For that, we need a stronger legal framework with an adequate implementation mechanism,” she said. The acid survivors’ photographs will be on sale at the event. Proceeds will help buy photographic equipment for survivors.

Signature Campaign In Multan To Implement CEDAW And Eradicate Violence Against Women And Girls.

February 15th, 2014

Seminar

Engaging boys

Engaging students

ASF starting the books distribution in Lodran, Southern Punjab, in collaboration with Zcech Republic.

October 24th, 2013

Mr Jaroslav Reif (Zcech Embassy), ASF ED and ASF Chairperson inaugurating the event.

Students' work on acid violence: moving exhibition

ASF Chairperson with teachers

Starting the distribution

ASF-Pakistan getting ready to celebrate National Women day via WAF led multi network initiative…

February 5th, 2013

Commemorating Pakistani civil society efforts to fight against VAWG, all together: WAF,EVAWG, IHI, PHRN…

Increasing violence…

January 28th, 2013

Acid attack: Man throws acid on wife, her sister

Published: January 12, 2013

“When my sister, Shamim, tried to save me, Asif beat her too. When we shouted for help, Asif threw acid at us and fled,” says Rukhsana. PHOTO: FILE

BAHAWALPUR: A man threw acid on Thursday evening on his wife and her sister in the Abbasia village, Jinnah Abadi, in Liaqatpur.

Rukhsana told The Express Tribune that she was married to Asif five years ago. She said Asif was jobless and an alcoholic and would beat her. She said he would also force her to bring money from her parents.

“Around 10 days ago, I returned to my parents house,” she said.

She said her parents were away on Thursday evening when Asif came and beat her. “When my sister, Shamim, tried to save me, Asif beat her too. When we shouted for help, Asif threw acid at us and fled,” she said.

She said one of their neighbours took them to the Liaqatpur Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital.

A doctor who treated them at Liaqatpur THQ hospital told The Express Tribune that they had been transferred to Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan to be treated for burns.

A doctor at Shaikh Zayed Hospital said Rukhsana had suffered injuries to her face and her body. Shamim had burns in the right eye, face and body. He said doctors were trying to save the eye.

Liaqatpur Station House Officer Mohammad Aslam said Mohammad Asif had yet to be arrested.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.

Stats that show why we need the comprehensive acid and burn crime bill and law implementation

January 28th, 2013

Acid throwing posted 89% increase in 2012: Report

Published: January 24, 2013

The overall cases of reported crimes, however, dropped by 12%. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

The report highlighted that certain forms of violence, such as acid-throwing, have in fact increased since 2011. PHOTO: FILE The overall cases of reported crimes, however, dropped by 12%. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

ISLAMABAD: Cases of Violence against Women (VAW) may still number in the thousands in Pakistan, but the figures reported in 2012 dropped by 12% from the previous year, according to an annual report released by the Aurat Foundation on Wednesday. The report, however, highlighted that certain forms of violence, such as acid-throwing, have in fact increased since 2011.

A total of 7,516 cases were reported in 2012 compared to the 8,539 cases reported in 2011.  Some 8,000 cases of VAW were reported in 2010, 8,548 cases in 2009 and 7,571 in 2008, respectively.

Breaking it down by province, out of the total cases reported this past year, 4,753 were reported from Punjab, 1,674 cases from Sindh, 159 cases from Balochistan, 674 cases from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and 281 cases were reported from Islamabad.

Numbers and crimes

The crimes most reported in 2012 were of abduction and kidnapping, with 1,607 such cases recorded all over the country. The second most commonly reported crime was murder, with 1,747 cases reported. Additionally, 989 cases of domestic violence were reported last year.

Disturbingly, there was also a high prevalence of rape and gang rape in the country, with cases numbering 820.

574 suicides and 432 cases of honour killings were reported as well as 83 incidents of acid throwing and 63 cases of sexual assault.

The miscellaneous category – which includes attempted suicide, torture, injury, attempt to murder, attempted rape, threat to life, harassment, attempt to kidnap, illegal custody, trafficking, vanni, forced marriage, child marriage, incest, attempt at karo kari and watta satta— added up to a total of 1,201 cases.

Despite the numbers

Although the total number of reported cases of VAW has decreased by 12%, analysis shows that several forms of violence have in fact increased. One form which shows a significant increase in reported cases is acid throwing, with a staggering 89% increase, followed by domestic violence reaching 62%, burning at 33% and murder at 11%.

The crimes that decreased in 2012 compared to 2011 were sexual assault crimes (43% decrease), honour killings (39% decrease), suicide (24% decrease) and abduction or kidnapping (23% decrease).

From Punjab and Islamabad, abduction was frequently reported, whereas from Sindh, Balochistan and K-P, murder was the most frequent crime.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2013.

ASF And 16 Days Of Activism Against VAWG

November 30th, 2012

Press notice for Pakistan media

Friday 30 November 2012

16 days of activism to end VAWG (Violence against Women and Girls)

Safety at Home, Public and Work Spaces

This year, to mark the 16 days of activism against VAWG in Pakistan, the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF-Pakistan) has called on Pakistani policy makers to do more to speed up the passage of the “Comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill” in the provincial assemblies.

Although the comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill is currently being processed in KP, Punjab and ICT, no provincial assembly had tabled this comprehensive acid and burn legislation yet.

Last year (12th December 2011) ASF-Pakistan, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development, led a campaign which resulted in the unanimous passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2011.

The Criminal Law Amendment Act 2011 made acid and burn violence a crime against the state and imposed fine worth ‘One Million’ Pakistani rupees, along with a punishment of minimum seven (7) years to life time imprisonment.

The legal milestone was widely welcomed but campaigners say it does not go far enough to eradicate acid violence, arguing that legislation needs to go further to include the trial and rehabilitation process. There is also concern that a lack of monitoring mechanisms will jeopardise effective implementation of the law.

Over the last seven months, ASF have been pushing provincial assemblies to pass the ‘Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill’ to strengthen pro women legislation to curb violence against women.

During this16 days of activism, ASF will remind policy makers at the “Safety at Home, Public and Work Spaces” event, that the results of past efforts to stop acid violence are not enough andthat survivors – mostly women and girls should be able to fully exercise their basic human rights.

The “Safety at Home, Public and Work Spaces” event hosted jointly by UK aid and the AWAAZ consortium, with support of the EVAWG alliance, IHI (InsaanHaqoodItehad), the ‘We Can’ Campaign, UN Women and the UNDP will take place on 6th December.

The event is anticipated to have theatre performances and interfaces with parliamentarians, media, students and above all survivors of violence will call on the Government of Pakistan to devise a common strategy to enhance safety for women and girls in the country.

Acid survivors turned into ‘agents of change’ will be given an opportunity to raise their voice and demand protection, safety and peace. The message they will deliver this event is “our work has just started!”

The UK Government is supporting Pakistan to empower women and girls, to end violence against them, and help Pakistan harness the talent, productivity, and economic dividend of half its population.

Recently (Wednesday) the UK Government launched a new initiative to help prevent violence against women and girls living around the world.UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

“It is shocking and unacceptable that in the 21st century one in three women is still beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. This matters for development: girls who experience violence are less likely to complete their education, find it harder to earn a living, and have a significantly higher risk of maternal death and vulnerability to HIV and AIDS.

“The UK is leading the international community to prevent violence against women and is working to get a better understanding of what works on the ground so we can stop it for good.”

Priorities for the UK aid for women and girls in Pakistan over the next few years include supporting more girls in school; tackling all types of violence against women, including domestic violence and honour killings; enabling more women to vote in elections; support women’s political engagement at all levels; supporting women to be trained in new skills; and helping women access financial services such as micro-loans;

Till date, acid attacks are spreading quantitatively and geographically in Pakistan; In year 2009, 43 attack cases were reported to ASF notification unit, 55 cases in 2010, 150 cases in 2011, this year 93 cases. More attacks are to be reported as many victims feel reprisal and therefore remain silent. The conviction rate for acid violence remains very low: 6% as per ASF data.

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Notes to editors

  • TheDepartment for International Development (DFID) is the UK’s Government department responsible for promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty. The central focus of DFID is a commitment to the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. Further information here http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Where-we-work/Asia-South/Pakistan/

The Acid Survivors Foundation – Pakistan is a Pakistani non for profit organization that aims at eradicating acid violence -one of the worst forms of gender based violence- in the country. It was established in 2006 and registered under Voluntary Social Welfare Ordinance, it has been partnering with UK Aid since 2009. Further information available on www.acidsurvivorspakistan.org; Facebook: acidsurvivorsfoundationpakistan.facebook.com

New Campaign For Comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill Launched, Join The Move And Share The Link!

August 10th, 2012

Be part of the change, share the link, disseminate!

Food for thought…

May 27th, 2012

Quoting Dr Charles Viva in his 9th reconstructive surgery

workshop closure speech: “We need to remember that it is

never a one man’s work, it is a team work. We need to

remain humble, and never forget: the most important

person is the PATIENT”…