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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.

Acid Violence And What It Means To Survive And Hope

February 21st, 2014

Countering acid violence requires additional measures and work

http://www.voanews.com/content/practice-of-punishing-with-acid-attacks-persists-in-pakistan/1855836.html

February 20, 2014

Use of Acid Attacks for Punishment Persists in Pakistan

by Sharon Behn

WARNING: Video contains images of disfigured faces that some might find disturbing.

Despite laws against acid attacks, the practice of pouring acid on men, women and children as a form of punishment continues in Pakistan. Two victims who are trying to put their lives back together again spoke with VOA about their challenges.

Muhammad Hassan Mangi, Director General of the Pakistan Ministry of Human Rights, said there are laws in place against acid throwing. He admits, however, that more needs to be done.

“You need to have such methods and things in practice that you can express your, even, anger in a decent manner. That has to be understood by society,” he said.

Muhammad Farooq refused to marry the woman his family had chosen for him. His punishment was having corrosive acid thrown in his face.

“It felt like water, but I was wrong. The acid burned my face and body, my skin sounded like dried leaves cracking,” said Farooq.

Forty percent of the acid attack victims in Pakistan are men or boys.

Farooq endured horrific physical pain. And deep depression. “At first, I was devastated. There was nothing left in my life. No past, no future, no present,” he said.

There were 143 acid attacks registered with the Acid Survivors Foundation in 2013. Most were against women and girls.

Nusrat Bibi’s brother refused to marry into her husband’s family. She paid the price. She’s had 17 surgeries to rebuild her face and body.

“Anyone who saw me got scared. They showed my pictures to my children to scare them, telling them their mother was frightening and had become a ghost,” said Bibi.

Valerie Khan, chair of the Acid Survivors Foundation in Islamabad, said breaking the stigma of the survivors’ scars is essential to their survival.

“It’s about rebuilding your mind, your self-esteem, and it’s about reclaiming your space in the community and in the public space as a man, a woman, who deserves — and will obtain — respect and dignity again,” she said.

Farooq no longer hides his face. He is trying his hand at photography. He’s living his life.

“My message to those that did this is that you tried your best to kill us, but we have been saved. God willing we will move on. Never lose hope, be patient. This is a test of patience. God will reward us,” said Farooq.

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

3rd Form Of Socio-economic Support to Acid Burn Survivors in collaboration with GEP, Aurat Foundation, US AID, ASF

February 15th, 2014

Great moment: certificate distribution for survivors…the pleasure of achieving and rebuilding self confidence after being trained on beauty care. Thank you Infinity Salon!

Victory and hope!

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!

16 Days Of Activism To Eradicate Violence Against Women And Girls

January 16th, 2014

Consultation with NCSW Pakistan, NCSW Nepal and NSCW Pakistan. ASF participating as an EVAWG alliance member.

Press conference to present recommendations from all EVAWG alliance chapters to the governement of Pakistan.

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

New Documentary, New Adventure…Come And Check!

November 18th, 2013

Please click on this link, you will be amazed…


http://vimeo.com/75087640