All over the world women are celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day.
In Bangladesh thousands joined a march in Dhaka to protest against acid attacks.
The number of acid attacks on women has decreased since the government set the death penalty as a maximum sentence for offenders.
But attacks still occur, usually as a result of disputes about dowrys and the victims are often denied justice.
Fazila Tunnessa said: “To celebrate 100 years of Women’s Day, we have gathered today. I am an acid victim. I was attacked with acid and now I am a survivor. On this day I hope that no woman will be burned by acid in the future.”
In Europe, social affairs ministers meeting in Brussels, are drawing up measures to tackle gender-based violence.
They have agreed to adopt the 116 Call Centre Emergency Helpline operating in Spain.
It is the first step in a campaign by the European parliament to eliminate violence against women.
Considered to be at the forefront of the fight to combat violence against women – Spain has a special police force in charge of protecting female victims of violence.
Madrid also has a “fast-track” special court to deal with offenders as well as providing shelter for victims of violence and their children.
As the Spanish public information film states:
“Every woman and every man – in Unison against abuse.”