Bangladeshi Lawyer Rizwana Hasan Awarded International Women of Courage Award — Global Issues

  • by Sania Farooqui (dhaka and new delhi)
  • Inter Press Service

In her capacity as Chief Executive the public interest law firm Bangladesh Executive, she has argued Environmental Lawyers and won monumental cases against deforestation, pollution, unregulated, and illegal land development. In 2009, Hasan was named as one of 40 Environmental Heroes of the World by TIME magazine and was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for her activism. In the years since, she has continued her crucial work in the courtroom to combat environmental degradation and the local effects of climate change, despite significant resistance from powerful interests and threats of violence to herself and her family.

In this interview, Rizwana Hasan and Sania Farooqui touch upon various topics, including winning the International Women of Courage Awards, growing up attitude in a patriarchal society to changes in the towards women professionals, Hasan’s personal journey and challenges, what it took to become a lawyer and an environmentalist, and lastly impact of climate change, especially on marginalized communities.

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