Posts Tagged ‘protection’

CHASE: ASF new project in collaboration with ASTI, BVSN and UK AID

April 16th, 2014

ASF new campaign : what to do in case of acid attack...

ASF press release

April 15th, 2014

Press release

On 14th April 2014, Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan organised an event in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women and Australian Aid to launch a report titled : Fostering effective implementation of pro human rights laws: Criminal Law Amendment Act 2011 (Act XXV), an example of good practice. ASF-P presented how Pakistan had worked to improve the implementation of the above mentioned law.

Ms Marvi Memon, PML-N MNA, a champion for the fight against acid violence in Pakistan, was welcome as a Chief Guest, Mrs Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women chaired the panel of discussion. Mrs Kishwar Zehra, MQM –MNA was also amongst the panelists in addition with his excellency, Mr Peter Hayward, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ms neelam Toru, Chairperson of the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women and Mrs Valerie Khan Yusufzai, Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan.

The event was attended by various stakeholders from different areas in Pakistan (Balochistan, ICT, Punjab, KP, Sindh) and it included Law Enforcement Agencies representatives, lawyers, doctors, survivors, members of civil society media, acid survivors themselves.

The report highlighted that acid attacks reporting had increased (110 attacks in 2012 and 143 in 2013) which shows an encouraging trend to further break the silence and denounce violence against women and girls.

Additionally, the report insisted on the fact that police had made tremendous efforts to register due and correct FIRs under the new laws passed on 12th December 2011 when it faced acid attack cases. While only 1% of the FIRs were registered under the correct law, WITHOUT ASF intervention in 2012, 71% of the FIRs registered in 2013 were under the new and correct law, without ASF intervention.

All participants underlined that awareness campaigns to challenge discriminatory and patriarchal mindsets, as well as transfer knowledge, were crucial to achieve positive results in fostering law implementation. Judges now tend to punish far more severely in case of acid attack: before 2011, the average conviction was 6 to 10 years, now it is generally at least 20 years.

ASF also informed participants that in general, convictions were more severe since 2012, and judiciary was trying to ensure trials in a shorter timeframe to provide relief to survivors since 2013.

Mrs Khawar Mumtaz Chairperson NCSW acknowledged that those improvements were positive, that more reporting occurred thanks to a stronger mobilization of Pakistani citizens to denounce this worst form of gender based violence, but she also insisted on the remaining challenges, the need to work on data and build up synergies like the ones proposed by ASF.

Many survivors still do not have sufficient or adequate access to medical and rehabilitation services, 65% of the victims still could not access justice in 2013 and national consolidated data is still required. Marvi Memon, the Chief Guest declared that since 2010, Pakistan had come long way and she insisted that those improvements needed to be celebrated, but she also indicated that there was still a long way to go: the “comprehensive acid and burn crime bill” must be passed, now there is sufficient momentum to support this bill, and we owe it to other survivors, we will continue the fight and we will make hings move.

To this effect, Valerie Khan Yusufzai, called upon the government of Pakistan to lead the way and pass the Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill that Marvi Memon has tabled in the Parliamentary Committee of Law and Justice last week. “We are ready to provide technical help to review the comprehensive bill”, but it is urgent that the federal and provincial governments ensure stronger protection to Pakistani citizens. Much has been done, Pakistani has inspired many other countries to address acid violence such as Columbia and India but positive steps such as establishing burn centers and social rehabilitation centers, or medical boards must be part of a legislative framework to be sustained and institutionalized.

Mr Peter Hayward, Australian High Commissioner, congratulated ASF and all stakeholders for those improvements and reiterated Australia’s commitment to support ASF action.

Mrs Neelam Toru announced that the comprehensive bill was now ready with KP social welfare department so that it could be tabled, she said she knew cases were under-reported in KP as she had just been told of a case in Mardan on her way towards the event.

Ms Kiswar Zehra ensured ASF of MQM full support for the passage of he comprehensive acid and burn crime bill in assemblies.

Awards were later on distributed to police, lawyers and doctors from all over the country, what ASF called, the true heroes.

Economic Support to acid burn survivors in Pakistan, in collaboration with GEP, Aurat Foundation, US AID, Acid Survivors Foundation.

February 15th, 2014

Preparing the documentation to be signed when survivors receive goats: ASF will follow up the progress and the impact of the project on survivors' income generation

These photos stand for the 2nd form of entrepreneurship that was encouraged with survivors, after stitching courses, survivors received goats to breed them! Stay tuned for other options provided to them!

Celebrating Universal Children Day in collaboration with GEP, US AID, Aurat Foundation, ZCECH Republic, SAHIL, GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN

January 16th, 2014

Mrs Shazia, ASF Pakistan NCRU coordinator, presenting Meri Ifazat to a school in Islamabad.

Working on inclusiveness, children meeting others to learn how to be safe, in a child friendly manner.

Together, we can: power to children!

Child Burn Prevention: Raising Awareness At An Early Age To Empower Children And Increase Safety.

October 24th, 2013

Here is Haag Sahib (Mr Burns), the bad and dangerous character

Rescue Bibi is the little water droplet that is quite helpful and that will help our heroes....

Our little heroes: fighting burns!!!!

An example of the book content

Burning Voice

September 23rd, 2013

Interview for Dr Hamid Hassan and La Croix representative

Acid Survivors Foundation always continues with its project Burning Voice as part of its Communication for Change Campaign: our doctors, patrons and partners regularly interact with partners.

It is important as we need 1) better implementation of  criminal law amendment act 2011 and the passage of Acid and Burn Crime bill, stay tuned!

20th November 2012: Universal Child Day, ASF Working For Child Protection In Collaboration With Global Funds For Children, Acting For Life and Smile Again Italy.

November 27th, 2012

15% of acid victims are children, the youngest victim having been attacked at the age of one year old…

Acid Survivors Foundation Focuses on a child friendly rehabilitation process that has been funded by Global Funds for Children and tries to make sure that these children ultimately join school back as “normal” children. Acting For Life has also supported ASF-Pakistan, providing trainings and tools to work on child protection and facilitate the counseling process. Acting for Life and Smile Again Italy have  also supported ASF preventive action at community level to sensitise children on self protection and acid violence and enhance enrollment of children in formal school.

We are thankful for their precious support but also would like to express our rewarding such activities are: empowering children makes us believe in a sustainable positive future: the picture that are posted hereby reflect hope and show that yes, it is possible to live happily and safely after the worse. ASF team remembers this every single day in its action against acid violence and GBV as a whole. 20th November? A day to remind us of our duty and our only chance to build a humanistic society.

ASF Launches Ambulance of Hope in Collaboration With the French Senate: Programme.

May 17th, 2012
Program Time

Welcoming Note By the Host

—5pm——————

Prayer

——-5.05 pm————–

Call Valerie Khan Yusufzai for Profile Presentation of ASF

—–5.15 pm—————

French Ambassador and survivors

1 :     Ambassador’s Speech

2 :     Handover the key to one of the survivor

3 :     Survivors thank you Notes

—-5.30pm—————-

Dr Hamid Hassan  to give  a

PowerPoint Presentation

—5.40 pm—————

Speeches :

Dr Charles Viva

UK representative

—–5.50 pm————

M. Khan announces the Awards and distributes the certificates

——6 pm————-

Global Fund For Children: ASF Partner: When Committment And Emotions Are Shared.

March 3rd, 2012

On The Road Blog

Film Based on ASF’s Work Wins Oscar

Valerie Khan of ASF

Washington, DC – I sat with my eyes glued to the screen for the 84th Academy Awards, anxiously awaiting the announcement of the best documentary short film. On the edge of my seat, I jumped up in excitement when Saving Face, directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was announced as the winner. The documentary follows two survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan, covering their incredible journey toward recovery and their fight for justice. The film features the work of GFC grantee partner Acid Survivors Foundation, Pakistan (ASF), based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Early last year, I met with Valerie Khan, the director of ASF, at a dinner in Islamabad hosted by Sameena Nazir, the director of GFC grantee partner Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy. I had arrived in Islamabad after a near crash on my plane ride from Delhi to Lahore. Shaken by the experience, I almost didn’t attend the dinner, but I am glad I did. Valerie’s commitment and passion for the mission of ASF were infectious and inspiring. The next day, we discussed ASF’s programs in detail and discovered that GFC and ASF were a very good match. ASF is one of the few organizations in Pakistan providing care and rehabilitation to survivors of acid attacks. The causes of acid attacks include refusal of sexual advances or marriage proposals, land disputes, religious fanaticism, and family revenge, among others.

The organization’s programs include a nursing care and rehabilitation unit that provides rehabilitation services to burn victims, a child protection program that promotes child rights, an awareness campaign called Burning Truth that utilizes art as a tool to bring public awareness and sustainable change to acid violence, and a capacity-building program that works to train other organizations on the rehabilitation of survivors of acid attacks. Additionally, ASF advocates for policy reforms within Pakistan to demand stricter laws for perpetrators and state-sponsored rehabilitation mechanisms for survivors. ASF’s beneficiaries are an excellent example of the vulnerable populations that GFC reaches through its many innovative community-based grantee partners all over the world.

UNiTE Campaign: Creative Advocacy To End Violence Against Women And Girls.

December 8th, 2011

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UNite against VAW campaign in Pakistan