Acid attacks happen across the world and it affects women disproportionally. Although it is also unacceptable when acid violence occurs against men, acid violence is a form of violence that has a disproportionate impact on women. It reflects and perpetuates discrimination of women and girls in society, as such it is prohibited by international law. However, all too often it’s a crime that goes unreported and unpunished: survivors of acid attacks live in fear of reprisals for reporting the attack.
The effect of acid on the skin is immediate and devastating. As a consequence survivors of acid and burn attacks suffer enormous physical and psychological trauma. The path to recovery is long and difficult. Survivors often require long term medical and psycho-social support.
Working in partnership with local partners Acid Survivors Trust International has delivered real impact. Through ASTI help our partners have provided direct support to thousands of survivors globally. We have helped to train hundreds of local surgeons in many countries including Pakistan, Nepal, India and Uganda, who in turn have treated thousands of survivors. We are also focused on systemic change, changing laws and changing attitudes. We have helped to change laws in Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda and Cambodia. Acid violence has decreased significantly in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Cambodia.
54 SURVIVORS ACCESS PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TRAINING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
55 SURVIVORS ACCESS SKILLS TRAINING AND/OR START UP KIT/FINANCIAL SUPPORT
152 SURVIVORS BENEFITED FROM MEDICAL AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES
151 SURVIVORS BENEFIT FROM LEGAL SUPPORT
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