Lahore, January 15, 2014 – To mark the success of its Women Empowerment Project that rehabilitates domestic violence victims, Depilex Smileagain Foundation (DSF) organized an event here on Wednesday.
The guest of honor Mrs. Humaira Naveed, wife of Corps. Commander, Lahore, appreciated the activities of Smileagain Foundation.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister  Shahbaz Sharif on health, Mr. Salman Rafique graced the event by his presence as chief guest.
At the event Dr. Awais-e-Siraj, CEO Genzee Solutions Pvt. Ltd presented on the important aspect of financial and economic empowerment of women and Dr. Zahra Ahmed shared her views on the psychological support provided to the victims through the workshops conducted round the year.  Under the banner of this project 30 victims were treated by DSF in 2013. The victims were provided reconstructive surgeries, medical, financial, psychological, moral and vocational support. DSF also assisted job placement for these rehabilitated individuals.
DSF is working since 2003 to educate the public about violence against women with emphasis on acid and kerosene burn victims.
While speaking on the occasion Mr. Salman Rafique appreciated that DSF was involved in a project that has helped domestic violence victims in reintegrating themselves in life and living productive and normal lives again.
He also said that women empowerment was an issue of priority on the agenda of Punjab government as Chief Minister recently announced to establish 14 daycare centers in Punjab to support working mothers. “We assure DSF of our full support for their noble cause, we will be there to help them whenever they need,” he said.
Masarrat  Misbah, President DSF while speaking on the event said, “We at Depilex Smileagain Foundation, have completely devoted ourselves to this challenge. We have been able to empower many women victims of violence by helping them acquire skills and subsequent jobs. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support from our partners; I express my gratitude to Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (PMPKL); who have always extended their help in furthering the objectives of this project.”
DSF is registered with 12 hospitals across Pakistan for OPDs, referrals and surgeries.  As a result of efforts made by DSF and partner civil society organizations, laws protecting women from domestic violence as well as acid burn crimes have been passed. DSF is now building a pressure group for strict implementation of the laws banning none prescribed sale of acid. DSF is planning to institutionalize the much needed support to the victims of domestic violence.