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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy launches anti-acid campaign

Pakistan’s first Oscar winner launched a campaign, hoping that her documentary about survivors of acid attacks can help eliminate a crime that disfigures hundreds of women each year. ‘Saving Face’ by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won the short documentary category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. The film follows survivors in their fight to bring their attackers to justice and focuses on the work of British Pakistani plastic surgeon M Jawad, who helped restore their faces and lives. The team behind the documentary are using their website to launch a campaign designed to raise awareness about acid attacks, which disfigure around 200 women a year in Pakistan, and to strengthen legislation against the violence.
“The film must be more than an expose of horrendous crimes, it must be a recipe for addressing the problem and a hope for the future,” co-director Daniel Junge says on www.savingfacefilm.com. Obaid-Chinoy’s mother, Saba, told AFP that the campaign was launched formally after her daughter won the Oscar, which had “provided her with a unique opportunity and strength to strive for her goal more effectively”.
“‘Saving Face’ is uniquely positioned to advance awareness, education and prevention efforts,” the website says. The chairwoman of Acid Survivors Pakistan, which is a partner in the campaign, told AFP that the fight to eliminate the crime had only just started and that the outreach programme was designed to generate “systemic change”.



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