Thousands of acid attacks occur globally every year

The scale of the problem is huge

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How to end acid violence

Thousands of acid attacks occur globally every year. We can’t deny that the scale of the problem is huge. However, we believe that ending acid violence is achievable. 

Photograph: Paula Bronstein
Acid survivor hugging a child

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Research

Conduct necessary research to ensure an evidence-based approach to activities.

Research helps to gain a clear understanding of the causes and effects of acid violence. It helps in identifying practical and feasible policy solutions. Quality research is needed to evidence the need for change. ASTI has led the way in producing quality research focused specifically on acid violence in multiple countries. 

View all our current research here

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Educate

Educate and raise awareness on the risks and consequences of acid violence.

The best way to end acid violence is to prevent it from happening in the first place by addressing its root causes. Many of the countries where acid violence occurs possess high levels of violence against women. Like other forms of violence against women, acid violence arises due to inequitable gender relations.

Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. Education is critical in prevention of acid attacks and other forms of violence against women and girls.Prevention should start early in life, by educating and working with young boys and girls promoting respectful relationships and gender equality.

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Advocate

Advocate to introduce laws to prevent easy access to dangerous corrosive substances, thereby preventing attacks. 

National governments hold the ultimate responsibility for introducing and implementing laws and policies around acid violence against women and girls. Therefore governments should be, held accountable for doing so. They are also well placed to achieve change on violence against women and girls. 

The obligation for states to prevent violence against women and girls and to provide comprehensive services to survivors of such violence was established as a ‘due diligence’ standard by General Recommendation No. 19 of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1992. One of reasons acid violence occurs is the cheap and easy availability of acid. The State’s due diligence obligation to prevent acid violence includes regulating sale of acid as well enacting criminal laws to punish perpetrators (see Justice? What Justice? ASTI’s study on acid violence laws in UK, India, Cambodia and Colombia.)

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