With the concern of the growing acid attack incident in recent months, on 17 May 2022, the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) arranged the 14th Legal Advisory Group (LAG) meeting with their legal aid partner organizations at the premises of ASF’s office. The purpose was to case follow-up and commitment on how to enhance legal assistance to the survivors.
The ASF Executive Director Sarder Jahangir Hossain chaired the meeting. The meeting was anchored by Ms. Tahmina Islam, ASF Coordinator-Case and Partnership Management. The partner organizations’ representatives were Ekramul Haque, BRAC Program Coordinator, Mollika Sarker, ASK Lawyer, Nighat Seema, BNWLA Deputy Director, Advocate Shahanaz Akter, Naripokkho Assistant Project Manager, Sirajul Islam, Branch Coordinator, Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastobayan Sangstha, Sifat- E – Noor, BLAST, Kamrun Nahar, Representative, Good Neighbors Bangladesh, Sabrin Mahamuda, ASF Legal Officer, Hridita Mustahfiz, ASF Coordinator- HealthCare.
The meeting was very interactive and participatory. A number of decisions were taken to reinforce the partners’ efforts. Thanks to the representatives of the partners for their interest, participation, and commitment to ensuring justice for survivors.
On May 09, ASF Executive Director Sarder Jahangir Hossain and Communications Officer Sabekun Nahar Azmi were interviewed by El Reichenbach, a sophomore at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio, for her deep-dive research project on acid attacks and acid attack survivors.
In the course of the interview, ASF talked about key motives behind acid violence, reasons why corrosives are readily accessible to the public, factors hindering litigation, and how the public can aware of the issue and extend support.
The Energypac Electronics’ staff representatives sponsored and joined an IFTAR event with acid survivors. ASF organized the event unobtrusively with the available acid survivors and staff members on 27 April 2022 in the ASF office. ASF representatives briefed the guests about ASF’s integrated journey, bio-psycho-social model interventions, accomplishments, short stories, challenges, and the future dream for change.
The ASF Executive Director, Mr. Sarder Jahangir Hossain thanks Mr. Ahmed Mashroor Huda, Vice President of Energypac Electronics with his team for the spontaneous motivation to visit ASF and spend some time with the survivors during the month of Ramadan and for his patience in listening to us enthusiastically. Mr. Huda said he learned a lot about ASF and appreciated ASF’s great work. The Executive Director also encouraged the EnergyPac Group and other Corporates as well may come forward, as part of their corporate social responsibilities (CSR), while ASF facing a serious funding gap, to support ASF’s integrated journey of freeing Bangladesh fully from acid violence and creating opportunities for the survivors to live a life with dignity.
ASF joined an IFTAR party, organized by the Rotary Club of Uttara on April 24, 2022. The Rotarians of the Club and representatives of the other Clubs, and senior leaders of the District-3281 joined the event. The program designed as their regular weekly meeting and service projects of the club as well as IFTAR Party. Mr. Julhas Alam, President of the Club chaired the event. Barrister Mutasim Billah Faruqui, District Governor 3281 as Chief Guest and Engr. M.A. Wahab, District Governor Elect as the Special Guest were the key speakers.
As invited, Mr. Sarder Jahangir Hossain, Executive Director of ASF with his senior team members, Ms. Tahmina Islam, Coordinator-Case and Partnership Management and Ms. Hridita Mustafiz, HealthCare Coordinator joined the event and shortly spoke on the ASF journey.
It was exciting that the Club honored the ASF representatives and recognized its outstanding work in eliminating acid violence from Bangladesh. Under their service projects, the Club handed over a grant to ASF as a token of love.
Thanks to the Club and Rotarians! Looking forward to continuing the integrated journey of freeing Bangladesh fully from acid violence and creating opportunities for the survivors to live a life with dignity.
The Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTBL) stands alongside ASF. Mr. Chowdhury Akhtar Asif, Additional Manager Director & Group Chief Risk Officer of MTBL along with Mr. Azam Khan, Head of Communication and Ms. Tahmina Zaman Khan, Head of Sustainability and Risk Governance paid their visit to ASF on 12 April 2022.
Mr. Sarder Jahangir Hossain, Executive Director of ASF, accompanied by ASF’s senior management team welcomed the guests and briefed them about ASF’s integrated journey to end acid violence from Bangladesh, its accomplishments, challenges and the future 7 Goals from 2022-2030.
Mr. Asif highly recognized the noble work of ASF. He recommended strategizing the unique works adopting on changing environment and needs. He emphasized to have ASF’s own space and suggested to advance the initiatives for Zakat Fund. From the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of MTBL, Mr. Asif handed over a Cheque to Mr. Hossain as token of love to continue ASF’s great work.
The Executive Director thanks to Mr. Asif and his team for this visit and generous support from MTBL to ASF. Mr. Hossain strongly encouraged all the Corporates as part of their social responsibility may join in ASF’s partnership journey to continue its philanthropic works.
ASF participated in an Advocacy meeting with CIDV (citizens’ initiative against domestic violence). It’s a project learning sharing meeting on ‘combating intimate partner violence in Bangladesh’ in the context of COVID -19 on 30th March 2022.
ASF’s recommendation was highly appreciated in the meeting which is about the engagement of the Government in taking the initiative to work together. The program was organized by CARE Bangladesh.