When acid attack survivors walked the ramp
Women acid attack survivors stole the show at Viviana Mall's third edition of 'ExtraordiNAARI' event. The mall invited women acid attack survivors to create awareness and campaign of stopping the acid sale and acid attacks. Laxmi Agarwal, the Indian campaigner with 'Stop Acid Attacks' and a TV host, who is also a survivor of acid attack was the guest of honour for the event.
Acid attack survivors from NGO Acid Survivors and Women Welfare Foundation (ASWWF) not only walked the ramp with confidence and style but their fighting spirit struck emotional chords with everyone at the event. Stories of acid attack by alcoholic husbands, one-sided lovers and in-laws, touched hearts of one and all.
Speaking at the event, Rima Pradhan, Sr. Vice President, Marketing at Viviana Mall said, "Every year we, at ExtraordiNAARI try and create awareness towards a specific aspect that touches lives of women to create pathways that can lead to success. We are trying to create some career opportunities for these acid attack survivors to keep their hopes alive. With more than 350 registered acid attack survivors in India, it's high time we take steps to support them and take measures to stop such attacks."
Viviana Mall has created a special email id for providing jobs to acid attack survivors. Any acid attack survivor can send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and mall at their end will share it with their brand partners to assist these survivors to get the desired job.
Laxmi Agarwal who was the show stopper of the Fashion show also shared her experience. She said, "As an acid attack survivor it was and it is a challenge to start everything from zero. It's difficult to concentrate on anything when a part of your body is still burning from inside. The scars remind us of the narrow-minded shenanigans of our society but there is a hope that keeps us motivated every day.
We are proud to be women and no one can rob us of that title which stands for love and peace."