Live fashion show: Survivors' Runway | ActionAid UK

Khodaja was attacked with acid while sleeping when she was 15 years old as a result of a land dispute, in Bangladesh

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Live fashion show: Survivors' Runway

Join us on Facebook Live for our fashion show with a difference

  • Date Tues 10 Oct
  • Time 7:00pm
  • Location Facebook Live
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On Tuesday 10 October, eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh are fronting a fashion show with a difference, as part of ActionAid’s campaign to tackle violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide.

You can be a part of it. We’ll be livestreaming the survivors taking to the catwalk at 7pm, as well as exclusive interviews with special guests and celebrity supporters throughout the evening.

Acid attacks disproportionately affect women. Survivors’ Runway will showcase the inner strength and dignity of survivors who have had the courage to speak out against gender-based violence.

Clothes will be designed by former supermodel and UN Ambassador Bibi Russell, whose fashion label has highlighted the diversity of the Bangladesh textile industry, with hair and make-up by renowned Bangladeshi make-up artist Farzana Shakil.

Just click below to get a notification on the night, and invite your friends to tune in too. Not on Facebook? Don’t worry, we’ll also be livestreaming to Twitter and Instagram.

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The survivors

The eight models are travelling from rural areas of southern Bangladesh, where acid violence is prevalent, to raise their voices for all women and girls.

Each with an inspirational story of how they have overcome the trauma and isolation caused by their life-changing injuries, their united message is clear: together we can create change and end violence for good.

Join our campaign to end violence against women and girls

Whether it’s acid attacks, domestic abuse or sexual harassment, all forms of violence against women are caused by deep-rooted gender inequality, and hold back women, girls and entire communities.

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Acid attacks and violence against women

Most survivors of acid attacks are women and girls. The most common reasons for attacks are the refusal of marriage, the denial of sex, and the sexual rejection of men and boys.

Attackers deliberately disfigure women’s faces in order to try and exclude them from society. Survivors suffer enormous physical and psychological trauma and often require long term medical and psychosocial support.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights abuses, affecting around one in three women worldwide. It takes many forms, from domestic abuse and sexual harassment, to rape as a weapon of war, forced marriage and acid attacks. It has one root cause — gender inequality.

How we’re tackling acid violence in Bangladesh

ActionAid Bangladesh helped to establish one of the first networks run by survivors of acid violence, in three areas where attacks are common. As well as providing psychological support to help survivors overcome their trauma and isolation, we help bring about social change by educating communities about the rights of survivors and of all women to live a life free from violence.

After ActionAid intervened in 2004 acid violence gradually started to decline in those areas, and between 2011-2013 it decreased by a staggering 70%. Between 2007 and 2013 ActionAid Bangladesh supported 172 survivors in the three areas.

Learn more about acid attacks

Have you been affected by violence?

If you or a woman you know is facing violence, you can get help by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – it’s free and open 24 hours. You can also visit their website below:

Visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline

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