The Bitter Truth of Women in Pakistan

In a society like that of Pakistan, many victims fall a prey to this brutal crime of acid attacks. These acts are labeled as “punishments” for women according to men. These men consider these women to be going against what they feel is right. Even for the smallest of mistakes or mostly for no fault of their own women are splashed with acid. They are left deformed forever. Their face, hands, back and chest will never be the same. Men throw acid on women because men are angry with them for ending relationships…continue reading →

Efforts never Dies

Niaz bano who was a widow got a second marriage with a mentally ill person. She had a daughter from her first Husband. She planned her daughter’s marriage but her second husband told her to refuse because he had bad intentions for his step daughter. Marriage proposal was good therefore she finally arranged her daughter’s marriage without her husband consent. One night her husband woke her up and apologized for his behavior and insisted her to take a cup of tea with him. He made tea and mixed acid in it. He poured…continue reading →

Depilex Smileagain Foundation pays tribute to the Women of Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam said in a speech in 1944, “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners.” The lives of many Pakistani women have changed during the past 30 years and they are more empowered and emancipated then they were ever before. More and more women are entering the workforce today following their predecessors, who dared to make…continue reading →

Happy Ending

I was young and beautiful when I could see the world like you do. I had many dreams like other young girls. One of my dreams came true. Yes it was my wedding to my cousin whom I liked very much. I was so excited and happily entered my new home with hopes of having a family with beautiful children. But my married life turned into a nightmare. Soon after the marriage my in laws started scolding and maltreating me. The charge was that I could not bring enough dowry as my parents…continue reading →

Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum

The Canadian High Commission organized a Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum in Islamabad to bring together its partners and key stakeholders for an exchange of ideas on successes, challenges, and lessons learned in women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan. Private sector, rural women, other donors, women’s organizations, civil society, project partners, researchers and government representatives were invited. Through this one-day event experience was shared and ideas were generated ideas on innovative ways of engaging the private sector, moving from policy to implementation and engaging the government in support of women’s participation in the economy. Rural…continue reading →

Emerging Young Women Leaders

Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IPD) in collaboration with Hanns-Seidel-Foundation organized International Conference in Islamabad. “Selected Young Emerging Women Leaders from Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were invited to participate and interact with seasoned women leaders/mentors. The workshop covered several important thematic areas related to issues of women and leadership. Masarrat Misbah and Ayesha Taslim participated in the conference. Masarrat Misbah led the session on “Setups and Business/Entrepreneurs”. She focussed on Women Breaking New Grounds with practical examples of her success. She also shared the hurdles that she came across…continue reading →
From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World

DSF was invited to participate in the “Mela” organized by APWA Punjab & FPCCI Women Empowerment & Development Committee to mark 16 days of Activism; International Campaign to Eliminate Violence against Women. The event was held in the APWA youth college. The chosen theme was “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All. During the “Mela” competitions were held for singing, debate, photography, art, craft, and painting. The young students created thought provoking posters and items. Ayesha Taslim participated in the closing ceremony. Chief guest Shaista…continue reading →
DSF Volunteer Profile

DSF Volunteer Profile

AMNA is our dedicated volunteer based in Copenhagen Denmark. She produces Handmade Arabic Calligraphy Canvases with beautiful verses. She supports the foundation through her calligraphy Paintings. From the sale of her home decor pieces she donates part of the profit amounts to DSF in support of acid burn victims. Her beautiful calligraphy work may be viewed on the following link: reading →

Jahan Pakistan

Daily newspaper ‘Jahan Pakistan’ organized a forum to discuss various aspects of violence against women in order to find solutions. Women leaders from civil society; APWA, Aurat Foundation, Depilex Smileagain Foundation and provincial secretary, women’s development were invited. It was revealed that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries. Masarrat Misbah highlighted the worst form of violence against women was in the form of acid throwing and crippling a…continue reading →

Girl With A Book

GIRL WITH A BOOK Movement is a Not-for-Profit, tax exempt organization registered in the United States. Its mission is to be an information hub regarding different education systems around the world. During their tour to Asia the team visited Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, and Nepal. In Pakistan they conducted a research project on the state of education, looking at success stories and challenges of various students across the country, with a special focus on girls and young women. In the list of institutions they also included DSF and conducted interviews of acid burn victims…continue reading →