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Celebrating National Women’s Day with WAF, IHI, PHRN, EVAWG Alliance

February 15th, 2013

WAF panelists to commemorate 30 years of struggle to promote and enforce women rights

Singing for women

Reciting poetry

Theater for women

Safety At Home, Work And Public Space.

December 7th, 2012

Dear all,

Kindly find hereby a press article and a few photos that highlight the event and the interface between survivors and parliamentarians. To us, these exercises are essential as they are contributing to promoting democratic processes such as dialogue between elected representatives and constituencies, and demand to access and obtain justice.

The final outcome of this event was simple and needs further follow up: parliamentarians promised that they would support both laws when submitted in the chambers (domestic violence bill, comprehensive acid and burn crime bill), but till then, how to ensure the submission? How to make bureaucracy deliver and work for the citizens who are paying taxes and are therefore entitled to be served by this very same bureaucracy? No tangible solution was presented, although its seems that one option could be the following: question from parliamentarians on the national assembly floor to the relevant administration, so let us ask for a question from parliamentarians: when will the Ministry of interior send the comprehensive acid and burn crime bill back to the NA secretariate so that the bill can be tabled in the NA?

In a moot trial, parliamentarians asked to do more to protect women

Published: December 7, 2012

A performance at the event. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

In a moot trial on Thursday, a jury of women affected by violence called on parliamentarians to legislate for greater protection for women and better accountability for perpetrators of violence, said a press release.

The moot court, conducted at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, was convened in a bid to collectively mark 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Girls and Women, an annual campaign that lasts between November 25 and December 10.

Parliamentarians, civil society members and UK Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake attended the court.

As the mock court case progressed, proceedings transformed to resemble those of parliament, making a candid point that ending violence against women is a legislative issue which then needs to be implemented and enforced effectively in the courts. The debate focused specifically on acid crimes and domestic violence. The debate also touched upon the political empowerment of women and getting more girls into school.

UK Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake said, “Investing in girls and women is transformational — for themselves, their families, and their communities. The UK is deeply committed to supporting Pakistan to empower women and to end violence against them.”

Over the coming years the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) aims to help a million more women vote, and will provide important support for some two million girls in school.

Renowned showbiz personalities Sania Saeed, Haseena Moeen, Ayub Khoso and Samina Ahmed participated in the event as petitioners, whereas parliamentarians from different political parties including Senator Saeeda Iqbal of Pakistan Peoples Party, Members National Assembly Tasleem Siddiqui of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Sufyan Yusuf of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and Asiya Nasir of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) participated as respondents.

The event was sponsored by the DFID. Groups including UN women; AAWAZ, the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Alliance; IHI; We can Campaign; Men Engaged; Women Action Forum; Legislative Watch Group; and Raising Her Voice, spoke to demand stronger legislation to protect women.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.

Acid attack survivors requesting parliamentarians to talk to minister of Interior Mr Rehman malik to unblock the comprehesive acid and Burn Crime Bill

ASF Team Participating In EU Consultation With Civil Society On Its Human Rights Program.

October 17th, 2012

Step 2 Begins: Acid And Burn Crime Bill 2012 Tabled In ICT!

April 13th, 2012

Dear all,

We have been talking a lot about the need to go further and beyond the amendment of HURT in the Pakistani Penal Code (the second criminal law amendment 2011 (act 25) that was enacted on 26th December 2011. The Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2012  is a comprehensive legal mechanism that will complement the criminalisation of acid throwing.

The comprehensive legislation addresses the challenges related to the investigation and trial process, it makes the provision of free medical and rehabilitation services an obligation for the state and it provides a funding and monitoring mechanism that will facilitate the implementation process. Hats off to Dr Atiya Inayatullah who has tabled the bill in the national assembly in March 2011!

A champion for burn survivors since 2001, Dr Atiya Inayatullah has been very active in promoting the Domestic Violence Bill and enhancing the cross party synergy within the women parliamentarian caucus, to promote pro=women legislation…

The work has just started!

Dr Atiyya Inayatullah, MNA, PML-Q

Men Engage: And A Miracle Happened…

March 31st, 2012

Dr Rukhshanda Parveen’s  testimony: “Justice DELAYED is Justice DENIED! I was touched when men who were standing there as SPECTATORS joined us.When a man from Baluchistan agreed to my Yelling ( if no Man is ready to lead fateha we women will do it) and offered Dua- He mentioned FAKHRA as Shaheed-Perhaps for the first time an Abondoned wife was given the status of Shaheed:’) Thank you all boys and men who stood with women likemyself -the “sinner ungrateful women” as in the words of Kiswer naheed…”

For Fakhra's vigil, a man from the crowd said : "I am with you", he is in this photo, behind Samar Minallah. And then the other men passing by joined the crowd and shouted slogans to demand justice for Fakhra, joining the civil society in the prayers...

Dr Rukhshanda among demonstrators

Acid Survivors Foundation Nursing Care And Rehabilitation Unit : The Way Towards Normal Life.

January 29th, 2010
Valerie Khan Yusufzai and Nazeraan, during a French baking lesson at Acid Survivors Foundation Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit.

Valerie Khan Yusufzai (ASF Chairperson) and Nazeraan, during a French baking lesson at Acid Survivors Foundation Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit.

Among the activities that are regularly practised in the Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit with the survivors, cooking is very much present, it is part of any human being’s daily routine and is essential in the process of developing one’s independance and sustainability. When Nazeeran faces the judge to ask to be granted her daughters’ custody in spite of being blind, she will be able to claim : “Not only can I feed my children and prepare their meals but I can also cook French cuisine for them!” .

Acid Survivors Foundation team enjoyed the “galette” and hopes that Nazeeran will prepare another one next month!

Acid Violence And Hope In Pictures : Mohammad Hussein, Associated Press.

January 29th, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010



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Marked for Life


These are the folded hands of 25-year-old Nusrat Aflal, as he sits in front of a television. He is the victim of an acid attack, which left behind the brutal scars. He is a member of the Acid Survivors Foundation in Islamabad, Pakistan, a group which offers medical, psychological and legal help to acid attack victims. The perpetrators often come from the victims’ own families, making the attacks even more difficult for the victims to overcome. It is not uncommon for acid attack victims to commit suicide.

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