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Shireen Huq

Cofounder Naripokkho, women’s rights organization in Bangladesh

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Based in Dhaka

Shireen Huq is a globally known leader for women’s rights and freedom of expression in Bangladesh. She cofounded the activist organization Naripokkho, a Bangla word meaning Pro-Women, nearly four decades ago and has been often referred to as the mother of feminism in Bangladesh.

Naripokkho works for the advancement of women’s rights and entitlements and building resistance against violence, discrimination and injustice.

Shireen is a leading voice against impunity for the Myanmar military’s brutal treatment of Rohingyas, an ethnic minority forced from their homes in a campaign of violence, arson, and rape in 2017. More than 700,000 who took refuge across the border in Bangladesh remain in makeshift camps at Cox’s Bazaar .

Naripokkho established the Standing with Rohingya Women Initiative to amplify the voices of thousands of Rohingya women who were traumatized by the sexual violence. Shireen has persisted in the call for accountability for crimes against humanity and concern for the plight of the refugees.

From 1987 to 2006, Shireen served as a Development Advisor to the Danish development agency DANIDA in Bangladesh.