Sexual Violence in Conflict
Social Movements & Non-violent Resistance
Women Human Rights Defenders
Razia Sultana (@AdvRaziaSultana) is a lawyer, researcher, human rights activist and founder of the Rohingya Women Welfare Society, a grassroots organization based in Bangladesh working to prevent human trafficking and to support refugee women. Her work focuses on trauma, mass rape, and trafficking of Rohingya girls and women. She is the Coordinator for Women and Children’s Affairs, and Trafficking Prevention at the Free Rohingya Coalition.
Born in Myanmar but raised in Bangladesh, Razia has been a courageous advocate for Rohingya rights and worked with some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
In 2018, she published two ground-breaking reports: “Witness to Horror” in 2017, and “Rape by Command: Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya,” exposing the widespread and systematic use of sexual violence by the Myanmar army as a weapon against the Rohingya in Rakhine state. She is a senior researcher with Kaladan Press Network, an independent and non-profit Rohingya news agency.
She was awarded the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Women of Courage Award and was a civil society Rohingya representative at the UN Security Council. In April 2018 Razia addressed the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict on the Rohingya crisis. Razia is a director of Arakan Rohingya National Organization’s (ARNO) women section.