Posts Tagged ‘press’

ASF-Pakistan, Aus Aid press conference in pictures.

December 13th, 2012

Jinnah Institute representatives, Mr Peter Heyward Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Mohammad Khan Executive Director ASF-Pakistan.

Official acceptation of ASF-Pakistan project "Enhancing Women’s Rights Through Effective Implementation Of Pro Women Legislation" by Aus Aid

2nd media training on effective reporting of acid and burn violence and promotion of comprehensive acid and burn crime bill.

August 28th, 2012

Press Training in Peshawar in collaboration with UN Women and UK Aid

Interactive methodology

survivors sharing their stories

Zaigham Khan, WS facilitator, talking to TV channels

Distribution of certificates to participants.

A Press Article After Media Training.

July 25th, 2012

Acid and burn victims: Sensitised questioning and permission beforehand hallmark of ethical reporting

Published: July 23, 2012

Journalists get trained on how to better report on acid, burn crimes.

ISLAMABAD: For ethical reporting, journalists must make sure that the acid and burn crime victims they are interviewing are willing to be interviewed and/or photographed and are comfortable with the questions being asked.

This was said by Action Research Institute Executive Director Zaigham Khan, who was leading a training workshop for journalists on effective reporting on acid and burn violence in Pakistan. The other trainer at the Saturday’s workshop was ASF President Valerie Khan. The training was organised by the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), a non-governmental organisation.

In addition to being briefed on ethical behaviour while dealing with acid and burn victims, journalists also had the opportunity to interact with three acid burn victims, Safia, Shagufta and Sidra.

The young women shared their horrific experience of acid violence as well as how ASF helped them regain a semblance of their normal life.

Safia from Multan was only six months old when some people involved in a land dispute with her father broke in to her house and threw acid on her and her mother as they slept.

Safia says she has been getting aid from ASF since she was eight-years-old in the form of support and medical operations.

“I have gone through three operations so far, two on my eyes and one on my nose,” she said.

Thirty-year-old Shagufta from Muzaffargarh — a district with a high incidence of acid violence — was burnt by her husband three years ago.

In a bid to kill her and remarry, he threw burning oil on her, leaving her with burns on her body and part of her face.

She has been under the care of ASF since then. However, the numerous painful operations she has had to undergo are taking a toll on her. “I feel like the operations will never end,” she said.

Participants were given copies of the Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2012 so that they can better understand the crime.

They were also asked to join the Working Group Against Acid and Burn Violence (WGABV), a civil society group committed to the eradication of burn violence, defending its victims and generating awareness.

Earlier, Valerie Khan noted that the media’s role is central to raise awareness about the prevalence of acid and other burn crimes, as well as sensitising the public and government to it.

“We try to cooperate with the media as much as we can,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.

Acid Survivors Speak Out

January 12th, 2010

An article from The Nation on the net.

Acid attack victims pin hope on new laws

Published: January 05, 2010

The uneducated woman from cotton belt in rural Punjab province may want brutal justice, but activists are pressing for a change in the law to help prevent such attacks.
Thanks to a struggle in the highest court in the land by another acid attack victim – Naila Farhat – campaigners are hopeful that this devastating form of violence can be curtailed.
Ours is a conservative country, where women – especially in poor, rural areas – can be treated like commodities with little protection from the police and under pressure not to disgrace their families.
“Their families will say ‘it’s the wrong thing to go to the courts, what will society think about you?’,” said Sana Masood, the legal coordinator with Pakistan’s Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF).
The nation remains without a domestic violence law. It has been drafted, but lawmakers say it is still under debate as a senator from a hardline party raised objections and sent the bill back to parliament.
Acid attacks are rising, with ASF recording 48 cases in 2009 and Sana says countless more probably go unreported because of social stigma.
That is up from about 30 cases in 2007, a rise Sana says could be blamed on increased stress in people’s lives as inflation soars.
Farhat was just 13 years old when a man threw acid in her face in 2003 because her parents refused to let him marry their child.
The attacker was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay Rs1.2 million in damages, but on appeal a high court reduced the damages and said the man could go free once the money was paid.
Enraged, Farhat and ASF went to the Supreme Court – the first acid attack case to be taken to the highest court – where judges overturned the high court ruling within minutes.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry took a personal interest in the case, and recommended that the government pass new legislation to control the sale of acid and increase punishment for acid attacks.
Sana says industrial-strength acid used in cotton processing can be bought by anyone for just a few rupees.
“Because of its easy accessibility to the general public, for very stupid domestic issues they will just throw acid on each other,” she said. “It does not only destroy a person’s face but it destroys a person’s life.”
Also key would be the introduction of a law requiring the attacker to pay for their victim’s painful and expensive treatment and counselling.
ASF has been pushing for such laws for years, but now hopes a bill will be tabled in parliament this month.
“They should, with relevant amendments, pass it unanimously and we don’t expect the government to unnecessarily delay the process or create any blocks,” said parliamentarian Marvi Memon, acknowledging the process could take months.
Without Farhat, these steps may never have been made, and she remains dedicated to helping other victims, coaching Bibi through her treatments and helping her come to terms with her future.
“I encourage other acid attack victims and tell them that they should continue fighting for their rights and should not hesitate to come out of their homes, they should come forward,” Farhat told AFP.