Posts Tagged ‘synergy’

Inclusiveness And Solidarity: Thank You EVAWG Alliance KP-FATA For Helping In Organising This Workshop…

August 23rd, 2012

Because Acid Violence As The Worst Form Of Gender Based Violence Concerns All Of Us.

ASF team, EVAWG alliance KP-FATA representatives, religious representatives of Haqqania watching the documentary Bushra survives.

Qamar Nassem, co-chair EVAWG alliance KP-FATA exlplaining why acid violence is one of the worts forms of gender based violence.

A representative of Haqqania reading 2 pages explaining why acid violence is against islamic principles and why a comprehensive legislation must be passed at provincial level

Praying for comprehensive Acid and Burn crime Bill to be passed in KP assembly

Acid Violence Addressed As A global Issue At Global Level…

July 18th, 2012

All ASFs of the world got together in Nepal in June 2012 in order to develop  strategic plan for the next 3 years. The synergy is on and an alliance of all ASF is now being established, because, together,we can do more.

Best experiences were also shared to learn from each other and see how to provide relevant inputs, identify commonalities and differences. A new momentum was born!

Representatives of ASF Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, UK (ASTI), Ugnada, Pakistan.

EVAWG Alliance Lessons Learnt Exercise: Building Upon Synergies…

June 6th, 2012

In collaboration with Groupe Development, EVAWG alliance members reflected upon their past activities.

Listening to others

Sharing experience

Giving inputs

Interaction, learning process

Press Release

January 30th, 2012

Pakistan Film: Country’s First Oscar Nomination

January 27, 2012

Karachi, Pakistan.

A Pakistani film entitled SAVING FACE about survivors of acid attacks and the work of surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject.  Karachi-based director/producer Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and US-based director/producer received the nominations on Tuesday.

“Daniel and I are very excited about the nomination and are eager to share the story of Saving Face with the world.”

SAVING FACE follows Dr. Jawad, a London-based reconstructive surgeon as he travels to his home in Pakistan to operate on patients attacked with acid.  The film also features the stories of survivors of attacks, particularly two women, Zakia and Rukhsana – both from Punjab province – as they struggle to find justice and heal emotionally and physically.  The film also features the work of Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan (ASF), an Islamabad-based NGO aiding survivors of acid attacks.

“This is a double celebration for Pakistan,” said Jawad of the recognition.  “A first for Pakistani filmmaker and moreover highlighting this terrible problem and the work I’ve been fortunate to do with the issue.”

SAVING FACE director/producer Obaid Chinoy has quickly become one of Pakistan’s most decorated filmmakers.  Among her other award-winning films, PAKISTAN’S TALIBAN GENERATION won an Emmy Award in 2010.

Also producing the film is veteran Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar.  Sumar brought fame to Pakistan with her debut feature film Khamosh Pani which won 17 international awards including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival and Dinner with the President that won the Anasy Best Documentary award.

A host of other Pakistanis also worked on the film including the film’s cameraman – Asad Faruqi, co-producer Fazeelat Aslam, and associate producer Shahbaz Sumar.

In 2008, Mir Zafar Ali, a Pakistani citizen was one of the ‘Effects Technical Director’  on Golden Compass that Best Visual Effects award. But Saving Face is the first film shot in Pakistan and directed by a Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar.

Acid Survivors of Pakistan has documented over 150 acid attacks annually but assume the numbers are much higher as most crimes go unreported.  The majority of victims are women.  In 2010, following awareness campaigns from ASF, Pakistan’s Parliament enacted legislation dictating that acid violence is punishable by life imprisionment.

Obaid Chinoy points out that the success of SAVING FACE is due to its demonstration of Pakistanis successfully tackling this vexing Pakistani problem.

“This is more than an expose,” said Obaid Chinoy.  “This is a film demonstrating the bravery of Pakistanis confronting this problem, including the survivors themselves, with surprisingly hopeful results.”

“Acid violence is the worst form of violence that can be inflicted to any human being,” said Valerie Khan, Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation, “We along with other numerous volunteers are committed to empowering the victims -mostly women and children- who, once turned into proactive autonomous survivors and democratic citizens, will join the momentum to ensure that acid violence is eradicated in Pakistan and that justice prevails.”

The Academy Awards are on February 26th and SAVING FACE will screen after them at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London.  The film was funded by HBO and UK Channel 4, who will be airing the film, respectively, in the US and UK.  No Pakistani broadcast has been committed at this time.

A portion of proceeds from the film are going to Acid Survivors Foundation, Islamic Help and the primary subjects of the film.


Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (


December 11th, 2011

D-DAY 1 tomorrow!!! We need all our supporters in front of

the parliament at 3 PM sharp to peacefully but tangibly

promote 2 main criminal law amendments: they are being

proposed for final voting in the senate 1) criminal law

amendment bill on acid and burn violence 2) anti-women