This is a story about women who are the survivors of acid attack. There are scores of new acid attack victims arriving every day at the hospital. In addition to disfigurement of the face and body, some have permanent loss of eyesight; some will never be able to eat with their mouth. In most cases the victims are women, whose burn injuries are caused by their intimate partner, spouse, or the person whom they refused to love.
Violence against women is a global phenomenon. In Bangladesh, reports of violence against women are on the rise. Oftentimes, it takes the form of acid attacks.Violence against women is closely linked to the institute of marriage, whereby the woman is considered to be guilty for any family breakup or divorce and living alone is difficult.
According to Acid Survival Foundation(ASF) in Bangladesh, from 1999 to 2011 there were 2539 acid attacks and among them 1084 were women. The ratio between male and female victims indicates the extent of violence and discrimination against women in our society.
I intend to work with women and girls who have survived an acid attack, and are trying to rebuild their lives despite carrying horrific physical scars and mental trauma. I believe the stories of these women will shed light on a very dark corner of human existence. Their story will give voice to individuals who’ve been silenced by their oppressors. They will tell the world that we need to campaign for women’s rights to bring awareness and to stop violence.
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