Posts Tagged ‘rehabilitation’
Thursday, February 13, 2014
From Print Edition
An acid attack survivor Samar Bibi has said that acid attack has destroyed her face but it is not the end of life for her. Rather, it is start of a new life.
She said this while speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs, titled ‘Visual Art Exhibition of the Work of Acid Attack Survivors’, captured by her and eight other acid attack survivors here Wednesday.
Showing enormous resilience and courage, nine acid attack survivors, trained as photographers, unveiled their photographs at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. The exhibition was organised to commemorate Pakistan National Women’s Day.
National Women’s Day highlights the struggle of women’s rights activists in Pakistan. The origins of the day go back to February 12, 1983, when women’s rights activists gathered at Lahore Mall to protest against anti-women legislation promoted by President Zia-ul-Haq. The women were stopped from proceeding to their planned destination, Lahore High Court, and were tear-gassed and hit by batons. Many of them were jailed for raising their voices against Zia.
“Women’s rights are human rights, and violence against women is a violation of human rights. The United States is committed to working with Pakistan to eliminate violence against women,” said United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, who inaugurated the exhibition.
“I believe that initiatives such as this project, which is aimed at assisting survivors in their rehabilitation process while providing them with an opportunity through knowledge of the business of photography to become entrepreneurs, can bring hope to the lives of these brave women,” she added.
The three-day exhibition that began Wednesday is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), through its partners, Aurat Foundation, and the Acid Survivors Foundation under the Gender Equity Programme.
The ‘Visual Art Exhibition of the Work of Acid Attack Survivors’ displays the work of acid survivors who attended a two-week photography training workshop. The goal was to assist survivors in their rehabilitation process while providing them with photographic knowledge and skills that may later result in an income-generating activity.
ASF Chairperson Valerie Khan demanded the government to pass comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill at the provincial level to ensure that rehabilitation services for survivors. “Proactive and constructive response to acid and burn violence must be part of the wider indigenous policy to counter GBV in our country. For that, we need a stronger legal framework with an adequate implementation mechanism,” she said. The acid survivors’ photographs will be on sale at the event. Proceeds will help buy photographic equipment for survivors.
Alternative Ways Of Rehabilitation For Survivors Of Gender Based Violence, In Collaboration With US AID, GEP, Aurat Foundation, Italian Cooperation, Nishtar Hospital, Nomad Gallery.January 16th, 2014
VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP
Using the art of photography for a journey within one self…
20th November 2013, 11am to 1pm.
VISUAL ARTS EXPRESSION EXHIBITION BY ACID ATTACKS’ SURVIVORS
Acid Survivors Foundation celebrated the closure of a visual arts expression workshop, in collaboration with Aurat Foundation, SEHER and US AID, via a unique photography exhibition in Nomad Gallery today. This was also the occasion to mark the International Child Rights Day as the photography Workshop included children victims of acid violence.
This event was part of a project that the Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan is implementing under Gender Equity Program of Aurat Foundation, with the support of the USAID in Islamabad. The project’s objective is to strengthen private shelters and to establish psycho-social and legal Counselling and to facilitate economic rehabilitation of acid attack survivors.
Under the provision of informal education to acid attack survivors, A 21 day Visual Arts and Expression Workshop started at ASF on July 8th, 2013. The workshop was led by a renowned Spanish photographer Mr. Diego Sanchez Ibarra and by Ms. Myra Iqbal, who taught 9 survivors to express themselves via the art of photography. The motive behind this workshop was to assist survivors in their rehabilitation process, while providing them with photographic knowledge and skills, which may later result in an income generating activity. These 9 survivors will later on be training other survivors on a peer to peer basis, as well as their families and friends, thus will become knowledgeable agents of change. “This kind of creative pilot experiences stand as important steps towards progress and well being of GBV survivors in general”, declared Mr Mohammad Khan, ASF Executive Director.
The event was attended by the participants of the Workshop and other survivors, members of the diplomatic community, journalists, and many other visitors interested generally in arts and particularly in the work and efforts of these strong individuals, victims turned survivors, turned agents of change…
“This is a real example of positive synergy to generate sustainable positive change”, declared Valerie Khan Yusufzai, ASF Chairperson. “We hope to be able to replicate and even upscale this experience with Aurat Foundation and GEP team, as well as in the Social Rehabilitation Center planned in Multan for acid and burn survivors, in collaboration with Punjab Health Department, Nishtar Hospital and The Italian Cooperation. This is the first rehabilitation center of its kind in the region, probably in the world even, under PIDSA: Pakistan Italian Debt Agreement. The government must also pass the Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill at a provincial level to ensure that these rehabilitation services – that are crucial for those survivors- do not depend upon donors or upon political decisions: this proactive and constructive response to acid and burn violence must be part of a wider indigenous policy to counter GBV in our country. We need a stronger legal framework with an adequate implementation mechanism to sustain efforts to promote peace and social justice”.
After signing the agreement, ASF-Pakistan has now set up an office in Multan in collaboration with Nishtar Hospital and has started training its Multan team on SOPs and various other ASF programs components. ASF -Pakistan is technically assisting Nishtar Hospital to establish the first public rehabilitation center in the SAARC region: more news will come soon!
Gender Equity Program: ASF develops its capacity for providing better rehabilitation services to acid attack victims.April 30th, 2013
This capacity building exercise corresponds to a partnership between ASF and Aurat Foundation which aims at ensuring that acid and burn survivors avail quality services to rebuild themselves after the attack.
The capacity building cycle focuses on improving the following rehabilitation components: legal counseling, psycho-social, socio-economic.
To this effect, the following steps were followed for each component:
- opening meeting
- need assessment
- production of training material/SOPs
- training delivery
- final assessment.
You can share ASF-Pakistan journey for this process via photos below….