The Face of March 8th

Every year on International Women’s Day, I look for role models… someone who embodies the powerful message of this day simply by who they are and what they do.

In the past, I have written about women who give a voice to the voiceless.

This time, I would like to tell you about a woman who has given a face to the faceless.

Film maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has just won Pakistan its first Oskar. “Saving Face”, the HBO documentary she shot together with Daniel Junge tells the story of Pakistani women who have been victims of acid attacks perpetrated mostly by their husbands and relatives. More than 100 women experience this every year in the country.

One of the women featured, Rukhsana, who had her husband throw acid at her and was also set on fire, still lives with the perpetrators for the sake of her sick children.

“Saving Face” follows the work of a Pakistani-British plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad, who travels regularly to the country to perform surgery on these women for free.

I have always thought that for me as a writer the best way to celebrate March 8th would be to pass on a powerful story. I am so impressed with Obaid-Chinoy’s work… please help me tell the world about it.

Wishing you all a fantastic International Women’s Day!

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