Acid attacks are a form of violence that transcends geographical boundaries. Although it is equally unacceptable when acid violence occurs against men, attacks across the world affect women disproportionately. Violence frequently 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. In many cases, survivors of attacks live in fear of reprisals.
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. Read more about Farida's and Flavia's stories of recovery in their own words below.
Working in partnership with local partners Acid Survivors Trust International has delivered real impact. With ASTI's 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 with the result being a sustained decrease in the number of acid attacks worldwide. We have helped to change laws in Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia and as of recently, the UK. As a consequence of enforcing specific legislation, 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
COMMUNITY MEMBERS REACHED THROUGH CAMPAIGN MATERIALS OR STREET THEATRE