Acid attacks in Bangladesh occur daily where social taboo around this form of violence against women silences victims, doctors, and employees of treatment and rehabilitation centers, alike.
A film by Dr. Shahida Akther (Bangladesh | 2013 | 45 mins).
About Dr. Shahida Akther
Shahida Akhter has written and published a number books and articles, educational materials for children and the public, which are used by NGOs, UNICEF and the Government of Bangladesh in their educational programs. Some of her books are included in the syllabus of the universities as reference to human rights issues. In 1997, she won a National Award for her work in informal education. Shahida Akhter is the Editor of the monthly Lekhapara, a publication for children, adolescents and the public on education, culture, literature, history, law, child rights, human rights, gender issue, health & environment, economy, science & invention, and overall general current news. Dr. Shahida Akhter has received national & international awards for social work & documentary film making, such as:
- National Award for contribution to Non-formal Education on 8 September, International Literacy day 1997.
- Freedom Inspiring Future Leaders Award on International Women’s Day 2015 for her contribution to social service.
- Filmmaker Award 2015 by Women’s Film Society Bangladesh, March 2015.
- International Humanitarian Silver Award 2015 by World Humanitarian Awards, Sep. 2015.
- World Human Rights Gold Award by World Human Rights Awards, Jan. 2016.
- Platinum Awards – Filmmaker of Inspiration and Best Director for her documentary film Fight Acid Violence, by International Film Festival on Women-Social Issues-Zero Discrimination 2016, organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Best Documentary Short – Fight Acid Violence, directed and produced by Dr. Shahida Akhter.