Posts Tagged ‘help’

Legal Aid from Acid Survivors Foundation: Conviction Record Broken In Pakistan

May 15th, 2015

In collaboration with DFID (CHASE) and EU:

See article from DAWN:

Amjad threw acid on ex-wife Javedan Bibi and her husband Muhammad Riaz after trespassing on their house on Dec 7, 2014. -Reuters/File
Amjad threw acid on ex-wife Javedan Bibi and her husband Muhammad Riaz after trespassing on their house on Dec 7, 2014. -Reuters/File

LAHORE: Anti-Terrorism Court-II of Multan on Thursday handed down 117-year rigorous imprisonment, along with Rs1 million fine, to a man for throwing acid on his former wife and her husband. The woman later died in hospital.

According to a prosecution department handout, Muhammad Amjad threw acid on his ex-wife Javedan Bibi and her husband Muhammad Riaz after trespassing on their house on Dec 7, 2014.

Amjad had fled away after committing the crime but was arrested later.

The seriously injured couple was shifted to the Burns Centre of Nishtar Hospital, Multan, where Javedan Bibi succumbed to her acid burns on Dec 26.

The case was registered against Amjad at Raja Ram police station, Multan, under sections 302, 324 and 326-B of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

The case was heard by ATC-II Multan Judge Sajjad Ahmed Sheikh who announced the verdict on Thursday.

Deputy Prosecutor General Ashfaq Ahmed Malik represented the state.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

Gender Equity Program: First Part of The Capacity Building Scheme to Enhance Socio-Economic Support to Acid And Burn Survivors.

May 30th, 2013

This first training was conducted by Maliha Hussain from Mehergarh to train ASF staff on skills assessment, an essential initial step  to provide effective socio-economic support to survivors.

Discovering the notion...

Observing

Full fledge trainings for various participants

Role play

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

February 26th, 2012

DO NOT MISS IT!

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

Declaration For 365 Days Of Activism Against VAW

February 20th, 2012
Declaration on Improving the Criminal Justice System Combating Violence Against Women

Launched on 8th December 2011 as part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and valid till date.

We recognize and appreciate the role of Government of Pakistan in important policy and legislative measures such as the passage and implementation of anti sexual harassment laws and the recent Prevention of Anti Women Practices Bill 2011, and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2011, passed in the National Assembly and Senate. However the Criminal Justice System in Pakistan carries a great trust deficit for the marginalized sections of society including women, religious minorities and labor organizations. Violence Against Women cannot be eliminated fully unless the criminal justice system in Pakistan is made accessible, unbiased and effective for dealing with cases of violence reported by women.
We the concerned citizens of Pakistan, women’s rights activists and representatives of civil society organizations jointly present the following declaration to make the Criminal Justice System more effective in eliminating violence against women.

  • We demand a criminal justice system that is supportive and sensitive to cases of violence against women. With regard to accessing justice for women in Pakistan it cannot remain only confined to access to courts or tribunals but justice should entail ensuring legal and judicial outcomes are just, transparent and equitable.
  • All laws pertaining to violence against women approved by the Government need to be implemented through a coordinated response, the law enforcing agencies are generally unaware of the laws,  we demand that the lawyers, police and judiciary members are briefed about the laws and a process of accountability mechanism  set up  to report every quarter on how cases are dealt at the district, provincial and national levels
  • We are deeply concerned about the crimes of domestic violence and acid violence committed on women, we call upon the Government for immediate legislations against Domestic Violence and a comprehensive legislation against Acid Violence that criminalize such heinous acts and provide justice, protection and rehabilitation services to survivors fighting their cases.
  • There have been concerns and complains from the police personnel especially at the Tehsil levels  of lack of basic facilities such as, official transport, food, housing, low salaries, long working hours , personal expenditures on food, accommodation, uniform and transport which has created  de-motivation in police to register complaints or deal with the law and order situation. We demand that the police stations be equipped with proper facilities to enable and empower police officers to conduct their duty in dealing with crimes of violence.
  • We demand effective police reforms for reporting, investigations, independent and neutral prosecution mechanisms and an unbiased judiciary that is committed to uphold justice at the districts, provincial and national levels.
  • Recognizing the right and equality to justice for all, cases of violence especially in rural and tribal areas should be dealt through proper courts and not referred to Jirga Systems (parallel judiciary system). We call upon the State to abolish such local power structures/systems that promote anti women judgements and discrimination.
  • Legislation for women by the Government should recognize the principles of equality and rights specified in the constitution and the international commitments to which the State is signatory and not be based on any biases, discrimination or patriarchal beliefs or values.
  • We are concerned that some of the laws that protect women from violence approved by the National assembly are either not taken up in the senate or lapsed within the 90 days of the specified time period. We call upon the Government that laws that lapsed in the past are reinstated and now follow the friendlier process applicable.
  • We call upon the civil society to build strong alliances/networks and strategies of advocacy to support survivors fighting for justice  against all forms of violence against women and to draw from good practices at national, regional and international levels on effective justice mechanisms.
Endorsed by Organizations and Human Rights Activists

‘Acid Survivors Foundation, Insan Foundation Trust,  Pattan Development Organization, Women’s Organization for Rights & Development (WORD), Cavish Development Organization, Mehergarh Learning Centre, Nomad Art Gallery, SEHER, Blue Veins, Shirkatgah, Rutgerswpf, Human Rights Commission for Social Justice & Peace Baluchistan, Rozan, Aurat Foundation, Asar Institution of Woman’s Study Centre Lahore, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, UKS Research Center, Bedari,  Peace Education And Development (PEAD) Foundation Alph  Consultants & Advocates, Sahil, Strengthening Participatory  Organization, Center for Peace & Development Initiatives, GIZ Pakistan (Gender Responsive Policing Project), DFID, Working Woman Organization, SHAD (Seeking Honor & Dignity), Al-Asar  Development Organization, Creativeangerrakhshi, Sachet Pakistan, Grassroot in Action, Today’s Women Organization Baluchistan, Rural Supports Programmes Network, Amal Human Development Network, Citizen’s Rights & sustainable Development, Woman’s Association Struggle for Development, Natpow (National Trust for Population Welfare, Peace & Development Organization, Pakistan Rural Development  Program, SPARC, Pattan Lok Natak, Care International, Sister Trust, Women’s concern Network, Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights , Infochange Pakistan, Shirakat, Integrated Community Development Initiative, Progressive Women’s Association, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Taangh Wasaib Organization, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA), Idara Baraye Taleem –o- Taraqi (IBT) Bahrain Swat and Ending Violence Against Women Alliance Islamabad

Dr. Farzana Bari Women’s Rights Activist, Dr. Zarina Salamat Peace Activist, Ms.Rabia Aslam Researcher/Activist, Ms Nasreen Azhar Women’s Rights Activist/WAF Member, Ms. Rukhsana Rashid Gender Expert, Ms. Shazreh Bano Gender Expert, Ms. Anbreen Ajaib Women’s Rights Activist.

CALL FOR SUPPORT!!!

December 11th, 2011

D-DAY 1 tomorrow!!! We need all our supporters in front of

the parliament at 3 PM sharp to peacefully but tangibly

promote 2 main criminal law amendments: they are being

proposed for final voting in the senate 1) criminal law

amendment bill on acid and burn violence 2) anti-women

practices bill WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS, YOUR POSITIVE

ENERGY, YOUR VOICES, YOUR PRESENCE ON MONDAY

12TH AT 3 PM IN FRONT OF THE PARLIAMENT…BE

THERE!

Thank You…

January 20th, 2010

It is sometimes important to take time to thank the people who are there for others…

Acid Survivors Foundation would therefore like to thank its donors for all their support and dedication, their continuous help and solidarity.

We would also like to quote an example of donations by daughters on behalf of their mother, we found it moving.

Salaams. I hope that all is going well with your efforts. For your information, I just contributed $200 online in memory of my mother (Janice Payson) and a friend’s mother (Christiana Nnang).

Thanks for doing this important work.

Best regards,

Melissa

On behalf of all acid survivors, thank you.

What is GJP?

January 12th, 2010
Gender Justice & Protection Project

Violence Against Women (VAW) is pervasive across class, religion, ethnicity and urban/rural divide in Pakistan. Violence and the threat of it contribute to the low social indicators for women’s development in the country. The Gender Justice and Protection Project (GJP) is a key initiative of UNDP’s Gender Support Program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The five year project has been initiated to contribute to sustainable reduction in violence against women (VAW) in accordance with the government’s policy commitments. The project has established a fund to support promising initiatives from the Government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to combat the prevalence of violence, abuse, discrimination and social exclusion against women.