Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

ASF new pilot partnership!

July 2nd, 2014

ASF and GD Pakistan partnering to establish a Human Rights

Youth Task Force to promote human rights in Pakistan: more

to come! Stay tuned!

Advocacy And Lobbying For Comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill 2012 In Multan.

October 12th, 2012

In collaboration with UK Aid and UN WOMEN and Mumkin Alliance.

Dialogue with stakeholders.

ASF executive director along with ASF field officer explaining the grass root reality of acid violence.

Listening to propositions

One Step Ahead Towards Sustainability…

July 2nd, 2012

We would like to hereby congratulate the Pakistani government for the following input and thanks the MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS for its efforts to make this happen!

UNDER THE PROVISION OF WOMEN IN DISTRESS AND DETENTION FUND ACT 1996, A FUND OF AMOUNT 25 MILLION,ALLOCATED TO WOMEN IN DISTRESS AND DETENTION, IS NOW FULLY OPERATIONALIZED UNDER MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAMABAD. THE PURPOSE OF THIS FUND SHALL BE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO WOMEN IN DISTRESS AND DETENTION.

CRITERIA FOR DESERVING WOMEN ARE FOLLOWING:

A) WOMEN IN DETENTION (UNDER TRIAL OR CONVICTED, OR IN DAR UL AMAN,
FOR PROVISION BOOKS, PAYMENT OF STIPEND OR WOMEN ASSIGNED TEACHING
JOBS, CASES OF EXTREME HARDSHIPS FOR PURPOSE OF REHABILITATION.
B) DISABLED WOMEN;
C) DESERVING WOMEN SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS AILMENTS INCLUDING MENTAL AILMENT OR WHO ARE IN DISTRESS AND NEED MEDICAL AID;
D) BURN CASES;
E) DISTRESS WOMEN AND THEIR MINOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF SHELTER;
F) WOMEN SERIOUSLY MALTREATED BY THEIR HUSBANDS;
G) SIMILAR CASES OF GRAVE DISTRESS AND LEGAL HELP TO WOMEN INDETENTION OR DISTRESS.

APPLICANTS COULD SEND THEIR APPLICATIONS DIRECTLY TO SECRETARIAT:
THE SECRETARY, WOMEN DISTRESS AND DETENTION FUND
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS STATE LIFE BUILDING, ATTA TURK AVENUE,
ISLAMABAD.

Gender Justice Protection Project: Advocacy And Lobbying Program Continues!

December 1st, 2011

ASF team presenting the proposed acid and burn legislation to lawyers along with proposed SOPs, collecting feedback.

Successful Rehabilitation? Yes! When Children Turn Into Agents Of Change And Raise Their Voice To Claim Their Rights, We Believe It Is Possible…

November 24th, 2011
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Highlighting plights of women, children

Published: November 23, 2011

Acid burn victims retell their stories on Tuesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID.

ISLAMABAD: The scorching pain when the acid comes into contact with the skin and the burning sensation she will remember for the rest of her life; every time she looks at herself in the mirror there will be a scar to remind her, a scar that will never go away.

The play “Mardangi ya haywangi” (manliness or barbarity) , was presented at the Europeans Union National Child Rights Art Festival at the National Library.

The acid victims breathed life into the performances as they related to the audience the humiliation and agony they had to suffer at the hands of society and, in some cases, their own family.

In the play, each victim enacted their own true life story. All cast members wore masks during the course of the play; this made for a more powerful impact in the end, when all the masks were taken off.

The play started with a girl’s story of how she became a victim of the heinous crime at the hands of a feudal lord, after she refused to reciprocate his advances.

Another girl blamed her family to be the cause behind her suffering because she had raised an objection to marriage, while a transgender told her tale of how she was taken away from her family by the transgender community and became a dancer.

However she too could not escape from the unfortunate turn of events and became a victim after she refused to have sexual relations with a man, who in a fit of rage threw acid on her face; she was scarred and blinded forever.

The common elements in these stories were not lost on anyone. It is ironic how they all became victims for refusing to do something they felt wasn’t right.

Raising important voices

In the second play, children performed “Humari Awaz” (Our Voice).

The play emphasised heinous injustices towards children by focusing on three characters.

The first character is poor and is verbally and physically abused by his teacher for not paying the tuition fees. When he asks his father for the money, he is forced into domestic employment instead. There, the boy is subjected to further beatings at the hands of his employer.

The second character is the son of middle class parents where the father transfers all responsibility of upbringing to the mother. He is seen making excuses to skip school — his dreams lie in professional dance, an ambition ridiculed by his father.

The contrasting situations of the first and second characters over their willingness to learn begs the question of whether creativity is a privilege of the financially secure only.

The third character’s affluent background throws another perspective into the mix: an absent father building an “empire” and a social butterfly mother abandoning her son on his birthday. He has everything except what he craves most: the love and attention of his parents.

Then a fairy godmother emerges to bring the three boys together. As they are discussing their respective plights, a policeman arrests them for no apparent reason. What follows is a time-honoured tale: the child of the affluent family is released first after a phone call from his father; the middle class family character is released after his father bribes the policeman; the underprivileged child is left at the police station.

However, the play ends on a hopeful note. A judge announces that no child will be ignored, beaten, forced and education will be a must from this moment forward.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2011.

ASF Press Conference On 17th May 2011 In Pictures.

May 18th, 2011

Media turned into change makers...

Zaigham Khan an ASF team member, explaining why an amendent of HURT is welcome but not enough...

Acid And Burn Crime Legislation: A First Victory?

April 26th, 2011

Dear readers,

As you may be aware, Marvi Memons’ amendments  that have been reviewed by a  legal committee (including ASF legal team) in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women, the Ministry of Women Development, the Women Parliamentarian Caucus,will be presnted for voting today in the national ssembly of Pakistan.

If passed, this amendment of HURT,  will be a major step towards eradication of acid violence in Pakistan as it will ensure that when acid and burn cases attacks are being tried under Hurt, strong Punishment is being given.  HOWEVER, LET US NOT FORGET THAT THIS AMENDMENT STILL CALLS FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LAW ; ACID AND BURN CRIME ACT 2011 and a law to regulate and monitor acid sales and distribution.

Stay posted!

ASF team

Acid Crime Bill: Now With Ministry Of Law And Justice!

February 7th, 2011

All our website readers are now anxiously waiting to know the fate of the Acid Crime Bill, and Acid Survivors Foundation pays specific attention to inform our supporters about each step! Well, the bill has now been sent to the Minsitry of Law and Justice by the Ministry of Women Development, and we are now waiting for the law to be vetted!

As soon as it is done, we will let you know, and will inform you of the next challenge!

Thank you for your support,

ASF team.

Nazeeran’s Book On Its Way…

November 22nd, 2010

Nazeeran's book being on sale at Carrefour , a major French supermarket group.

Floods In Pakistan: A Tragedy Hitting 90% Of The Survivors…

September 16th, 2010

A global view of the extend of the damages...

Many lost their home...

Others managed to save a bit of wealth...

ASF immediately participated in the first relief efforts

These pictures clearly illustrate the violence of the floods that washed away entire villages in Pakistan. ASF team will depart to Muzzafargarh (one of the most affected districts) and distribute relief goods and relocate the survivors who now live in camps, shattered houses, outside…

We would like to thank our Pakistani and Australian donors for their financial support in the matter: A$270 and Pak Rs 35000 from individual donors.

This action will be further documented after the 2nd mission, ending 22nd September 2010.