Did you know that every six hours, someone is attacked by acid? It’s a violent form of assault that overwhelmingly impacts women across the globe. In an age where superficial beauty is given such importance, often the motive behind this crime is to damage the beauty and confidence of someone in the hope that they will become undesirable and unable to function in society. What is more, society often reinforces this because these women are permanently labelled as victims, forever more defined by their physical scars, with the assumption that the rest of their lives have been ruined. More Than Skin Deep is an incredible campaign launched in March 2019 that looks beyond the scars of acid attack survivors and seeks to highlight the issue and redefine the discussion around the aftermath of violence against women and challenge today’s obsession with how we look.
The dynamic Sangeeta Nambiar, founder of Play Acting Drama Centre, invited me to give a keynote speech for International Women’s Day to a group of her teenage drama students on the topic of Feminism: A Misunderstood Concept. The Play Acting Drama Centre specialises in theatre and communication skills for adults and children and the incredible Finally She Spoke is also one of Sangeeta’s initiatives, tackling issues of sexual violence and harassment, FGM and the cultural and social stereotyping of women.