Posts Tagged ‘rights’

Article From The NEWS

February 25th, 2014
Myra Imran
Thursday, February 13, 2014
From Print Edition
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Islamabad

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.

Signature Campaign In Multan To Implement CEDAW And Eradicate Violence Against Women And Girls.

February 15th, 2014

Seminar

Engaging boys

Engaging students

PIDSA (Pakistan Italian Debt Swap Agreement) Project: Where Do We Stand Till Date?

February 15th, 2014

1) ASF office establishedand hosted in Multan Burn Center premises

2) Burn Center built and operational in Multan

3) Land alloted by government for Social Rehabilitation Center for acid burn survivors, expected date of start for construction work

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!

Distribution Of Books To Teach Children How To Protect Themselves From CSA/CSEC/BURNS And How To Respond To BURNS…

January 26th, 2014

This is an ASF Pakistan project in collaboration with SAHIL and Zcech Republic, Sweet Home Pakistan and SPARC, that we have already presented to you: you have had glimpses of the distribution in various schools…But one important question must be answered: how do children react to it? How are those books presented to them?

Have a look!!!!

First children are given the book so that hey can OWN it

Then , Ms Shazia, ASF NCRU coordinator conducts child friendly interactive training sessions on he books content.

Then children discover

And they explore very thoroughy, focused

Celebrating Human Rights Day, 10th December 2013 at French Embassy in Islamabad, in collaboration with EU. Major Human Rights Activists present along with various ambassadors of European countries. Valerie Khan being honoured via the “Portraits de Femmes” award, an initiative launched by The Minister for French Overseas, Mrs Helene Conway Mouret.

January 16th, 2014

Humanrights activists and French Authorities representatives, from left to right: Dr Rukhshinda Parveen (ED Sachet), her excellency Mrs Thiebaut, His excellency Mr Philippe Thiebaut French ambassador to Pakistan, Mrs Valerie Khan (ASF Chairperson), Ms Tahira Abdullah (human rights activist and HRCP member).

Collaborating with AUS Aid to enhance law implementation: Mr Mazhar Akram training lawyers on criminal law Amendment act (ACT XXV) , then lawyers giving their feed back. This is how training keep on improving…

January 16th, 2014

Ms Shazia, ASF NCRU coordinator introducing the session to lawyers in ICT

Delivering the training

Regional Glance…

January 16th, 2014
India lags behind Bangladesh and Pakistan on acid attack laws
Dec 6, 2013 07:31 PM , By Anita joshua
Bangladesh was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. File Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Bangladesh was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. File Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The Supreme Court directive earlier this week to all States and Union Territories to put in place draft rules to regulate the sale of acid by this fiscal-end has once again brought to light India’s sluggishness in addressing acid crime.

In fact, India has long lagged behind first Bangladesh and then Pakistan in specifically criminalising acid attacks. It was only earlier this year that the Centre — on Supreme Court’s prodding — amended the criminal law to punish perpetrators of acid attacks with 10-year imprisonment.

This contrasts sharply with neighbouring Bangladesh and somewhat even with Pakistan. Bangladesh has had an acid law for over a decade now and is often flagged as exemplary in this regard. In fact, it was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. Under the Act, the unlicensed production, import, transport, storage, sale and use of acid was made punishable with a prison sentence of three to 10 years.

In the sub-continent, Pakistan came a distant second in putting in place the legal instruments to specifically deal with acid attacks. The penal code and the criminal procedure code were amended in 2011 to provide maximum of life imprisonment for perpetrators of acid attacks. But, as is the case in India, Pakistani provinces are yet to legislate to regulate the sale of acid and other corrosive substances.

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!

New Documentary, New Adventure…Come And Check!

November 18th, 2013

Please click on this link, you will be amazed…


http://vimeo.com/75087640