By Sally Shakkour
A group of brave Iranian women, who were previously attacked by acid leaving them with severe injuries and lifelong scars, paved their way to fight stereotypes in the fashion sector so as to regain their confidence in life.
The women created an art gallery, in which they allow other females who were also subjected to acid attack to participate in it as models.
For the 1st time in #Iran, acid attack victims turn into models. Mahura Cultural Institute has launched the initiative to ease the trauma & stress these women endure.— Habib Abdolhossein (@HAbdolhossein) October 5, 2020
This can also raise awareness about their ordeal which can ultimately help contain violence against women. pic.twitter.com/mqvvg9xWBg
The 37-year-old Iranian acid survivor, Masoumeh Ataei, revealed that the attack was planned by her father-in-law after she tried to get a devorice from her husband after a failed marriage. Sadly the attack has affected her vision forever.
However, despite the incident Ataei said: “perhaps facial beauty of a woman is all she has got. When that is destroyed, it is very difficult for a person to come to terms with it and return to the society once again.”
Amen Khademi, the owner of the Mahuraa fashion gallery, used to be a journalist, but she decided to quit to design Iranian folklore-themed dresses. She opened the opportunity to acid survivors women revealing that woman’s beauty is not just skin-deep.
Fatemeh Ghasemi, who lost her left eye 4 years ago in Tehran and Zeinab Ghanbari, from Zanjan targeted by a begrudging sister-in-law and an ex-husband addicted to meth, have joined the modelling team at Mahuraa fashion gallery.
Iranian acid attack survivor, Masoumeh Ataei, spoke to the Iranian parliament among four other male and female victims; calling for tougher legislation against acid attackers.
The parliament had approved a legalization handing death sentence for perpetrators of “acid attacks” with hope to curb the incidents which abuse between 60 to 70 people every year.
Justice in the Islamic Republic of Iran:— Masih Alinejad ?️ (@AlinejadMasih) October 5, 2020
Marziyeh Ebrahimi is subjected to acid attack in Esfahan, but her attacker still roams free.
Narges Mohammadi and Yasaman Aryani asked why the attacker is free. They're now both in jail with long prison sentences. pic.twitter.com/HxCJY79sHB
The latest legislation, which was approved by 161 MPs and refused by 9 others, if implemented, will be a victory for the acid attack victims’ campaign.
One lost half of her face including one eye from an acid attack and the second is imprisoned for rejecting the Sharia's compulsory Hejab.— Iranian American (@IranLionness) April 26, 2019
And the attacker is free by the Islamic law.
Be voice of the people of Iran to wipe the Sharia off the globe. https://t.co/4xIVwYJMCu
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