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[16days_discussion] Report launch: Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia

Aminah Carroll aminahyaquin at
Thu Jan 27 18:56:38 EST 2011

It seems to me that we as women are missing the boat with our gross and shortsighted relial upon warning labels and laws to protect real women from perpetrators in their communities. We need women's militias or at the very least, the ready protection of armed guards and training to women that enables personal protection armed carry of small, effective handguns. 
A ready deterrant to violence are populations of women trained in the mastery of how to use guns  for self protection. Guns do not make people violent. Learned , experiential violence, learned helplessness and victimhood, disnhibitory drugs including alcohol which are correlated with violence , such as oxycontin, meth and crack, all of which produce in certain individuals drug induced psychosis, and a culture which encourages violence through media, business,  and community support for it, intentional and unintentional, such as the processes of marginalizing, alienating, isolating, devaluing ,dehumanizing and  objectifying individuals through pop culture misogyny, shaming, blaming, ostracization, bullying, group think, ridicule, and the ilk; these are some of the predicators for violence that we need to interrupt and to address, at best, and at least assess as risk factors necessitating interventions, in order to limit violence.And we need to stop blaming the tools of violence for the violence that cannot be controlled by laws, and only is limited by self-defense. No community can police every house. And no house where the folks are normal need fear having a gun for personal protection from brutes, thugs, criminals, and vicious bullies.
We continue to assert failed and foolish theories with science engineered to promote them instead of with rigorous non-ideological study and analysis , addressing systemically through harm reduction and prevention that actually WORKS efficiently adn effectively, the combination of converging factors in a given culture, family or individual which promote violence (such as women and children being unarmed, ready, passive, frightened victims) .
If we do not wake up soon to the harm we are doing by encouraging women to buy into the value system of plutcrats who live in gated communities, buildings with doormen, and advise that women remove from their homes and look over their shoulder for the rest of their life isntead of walk confiedently with  that great equalizer, a pistol, and the klnowledge of how to use it in emergency situations, we ar going to continue to suffer the loss of some of the most beautiful and precious people on earth--our gentle sisters and our kids. the  reality is we need to value ourselves sufficiently to be able to protect ourselves. That is not violence-- it is self-respect.

Peace and Blessings, 


Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:42:37 -0800
From: kathleen.sloan at
To: 16days_discussion at
Subject: [16days_discussion] Report launch: Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia

Kathy Sloan
National Organization for Women (NOW)

We are pleased to announce the release of "Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia," a report by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School, the New York City Bar Association, the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic, and Virtue Foundation. Acid violence involves intentional acts of violence in which perpetrators throw, spray, or pour acid onto victims' faces and bodies. 

Through a comparative study of India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia, the report demonstrates that acid violence is a form of gender-based violence prohibited by the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  As parties to CEDAW, Bangladesh, India and Cambodia have a legal obligation to exercise due diligence to prevent attacks, punish perpetrators, and compensate victims. Acid is easily and cheaply available in countries where acid attacks are prevalent. The report finds that a key to combating acid violence is to curb the easy availability of acid. Governments should adopt legislation to make it difficult for potential perpetrators of attacks to obtain acid. 

Governments must end the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators by adopting and effectively implementing laws that provide for appropriate prosecution and punishment. When acid attacks do occur, governments are obligated under international law to provide redress to victims, which should include compensation for healthcare and other costs. In all three countries, survivors face immense challenges in obtaining adequate healthcare.

Evidence suggests that acid attacks are higher near areas where industries that use acid are located (such as cotton industries in Pakistan and rubber industries in Cambodia). Businesses can play a crucial rule in curbing acid misuse, including by adopting procedures that are aimed at ensuring that acid is not stolen from them and placing warning labels on acid advising users of its harmful effects and legal penalties that may ensue from its misuse. The report outlines other concrete measures that governments and businesses should take to prevent acid violence. We hope that this report contributes to a renewed urgency to end these horrific acts of violence. 

For a copy of the report, click on the image at left or visit the homepage of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School:!/pages/Avon-Global-Center-for-Women-and-Justice-at-Cornell-Law-School/173708059311189

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