Designer Bibi Russell‘s London fashion show featured eight acid attack victims, and while the clothes were colorful and pretty, the bravery and strength of the survivors was even more beautiful! Watch the video below to see photos of the amazing ActionAid UK fashion show:
Refinery29 reports that all of the women were excited to strut their stuff, and even got the audience up out of their chairs for the big finale. We’re not crying, you’re crying!
The event was for ActionAid UK to raise awareness for an appalling kind of gendered violence that not many people in the western world know about. The United Nations reports that 2,950 acid attack survivors are living in Bangladesh right now. The southeast Asian country has the highest amount of these types of crimes (those statistics are from 2009, and don’t include deaths caused by attacks).
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Khodaja was attacked with acid while sleeping when she was 15 years old as a result of a land dispute, in Bangladesh. Join us TONIGHT on Instagram Live at 7pm for #SurvivorsRunway – a fashion show with a difference, by eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh. Watch and stand #WithWomenSurvivors to end violence. #acidattacks #acidattack #acidviolence #acidattacksurvivors #acidattacksurvivor #VAWG #womensrights
But why would someone throw acid on another person? For women, it often relates to a dowry, a romantic rejection, or a family or marital dispute. However, it also happens to a lot of very young girls, even some under the age of 18. Luckily, ActionAid UK is seeing a major reduction in attacks since they started cracking down. They’ve been working with the government in Bangladesh, and report that the number has decreased from 400 to 100 per year. Of course, there’s still work to do, but that’s major progress!