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Safety At Home, Work And Public Space.

December 7th, 2012

Dear all,

Kindly find hereby a press article and a few photos that highlight the event and the interface between survivors and parliamentarians. To us, these exercises are essential as they are contributing to promoting democratic processes such as dialogue between elected representatives and constituencies, and demand to access and obtain justice.

The final outcome of this event was simple and needs further follow up: parliamentarians promised that they would support both laws when submitted in the chambers (domestic violence bill, comprehensive acid and burn crime bill), but till then, how to ensure the submission? How to make bureaucracy deliver and work for the citizens who are paying taxes and are therefore entitled to be served by this very same bureaucracy? No tangible solution was presented, although its seems that one option could be the following: question from parliamentarians on the national assembly floor to the relevant administration, so let us ask for a question from parliamentarians: when will the Ministry of interior send the comprehensive acid and burn crime bill back to the NA secretariate so that the bill can be tabled in the NA?

In a moot trial, parliamentarians asked to do more to protect women

Published: December 7, 2012

A performance at the event. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

In a moot trial on Thursday, a jury of women affected by violence called on parliamentarians to legislate for greater protection for women and better accountability for perpetrators of violence, said a press release.

The moot court, conducted at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, was convened in a bid to collectively mark 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Girls and Women, an annual campaign that lasts between November 25 and December 10.

Parliamentarians, civil society members and UK Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake attended the court.

As the mock court case progressed, proceedings transformed to resemble those of parliament, making a candid point that ending violence against women is a legislative issue which then needs to be implemented and enforced effectively in the courts. The debate focused specifically on acid crimes and domestic violence. The debate also touched upon the political empowerment of women and getting more girls into school.

UK Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake said, “Investing in girls and women is transformational — for themselves, their families, and their communities. The UK is deeply committed to supporting Pakistan to empower women and to end violence against them.”

Over the coming years the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) aims to help a million more women vote, and will provide important support for some two million girls in school.

Renowned showbiz personalities Sania Saeed, Haseena Moeen, Ayub Khoso and Samina Ahmed participated in the event as petitioners, whereas parliamentarians from different political parties including Senator Saeeda Iqbal of Pakistan Peoples Party, Members National Assembly Tasleem Siddiqui of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Sufyan Yusuf of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and Asiya Nasir of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) participated as respondents.

The event was sponsored by the DFID. Groups including UN women; AAWAZ, the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Alliance; IHI; We can Campaign; Men Engaged; Women Action Forum; Legislative Watch Group; and Raising Her Voice, spoke to demand stronger legislation to protect women.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.

Acid attack survivors requesting parliamentarians to talk to minister of Interior Mr Rehman malik to unblock the comprehesive acid and Burn Crime Bill

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.

Food for thought…

May 27th, 2012

Quoting Dr Charles Viva in his 9th reconstructive surgery

workshop closure speech: “We need to remember that it is

never a one man’s work, it is a team work. We need to

remain humble, and never forget: the most important

person is the PATIENT”…

Congratulations ASTI!

January 30th, 2010

We wish the best of luck to our long time partner from England and are proud to see their precious efforts rewarded this way.

HRH The Princess Royal

Dr John Morrison, Founder of ASTI, with HRH The Princess Royal at the Acid Survivors Foundation, Bangladesh, 2000.Dr John Morrison, Founder of ASTI, with HRH The Princess Royal at the Acid Survivors Foundation, Bangladesh, 2000.

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to be Patron of Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI). More to come……

9th December 2009: Celebration Of 16 Days Of Activism For Eliminating Violence Against Women.

December 28th, 2009

The press conference was organised by DFID and UNDP Gender Justice Program in collboration with Acid Survivors Foundation. ASF-Pak documentary "Bushra Survives". Valerie Khan Yusufzai, ASF-Pak Chairperson was amongst the panelists.George Turkington. Head of UK DIFD in Pakistan also isnsited on the need to eradicate violence against women, a global phenomenon. This press conference organised by DFID Pakistan and  UNDP in collaboration with Acid Survivors Foundation was the occasion to remind all stakeholders that Violence Against Women was a major breach of Human Rights and also the occasion to identify the way forward : strengthening the civil society collaboration, education for grass root community members and capacity building of caregivers as well as sensitisation of key decison makers such as parliamentarians, was declared  essential to bring a sustainable change.

Abdul Rauf from GEO, was the anchor person.

If you wish to get more information regarding the event, kindly follow this link: