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Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA)

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined February 2015
Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association is a lawyer’s association based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was established in 1979. Its main goal is “to create equal opportunities and equal rights for every woman and child in the country.”BNWLA promotes the rights and status of women lawyers alongside fighting for access to justice for all women & children particularly for the most disadvantaged women and children in Bangladesh.

BNWLA, as a Human Rights organization with a special focus on establishment of women & children Rights, is always appeared as a pressure group to the government & international bodies & tried to keep the realities for women & children in the public eye. It has been found that without proper policy formulation and action, it is not possible to ensure any positive changes in overall developments of women and children. Following that, BNWLA is trying to bring changes in the society and also to ensure access to justice from grassroots to national level through partnership, networking and policy level advocacy. The organization followed three thematic approaches (prevention, protection & rehabilitation and reintegration) and specific strategies [1) advocacy for introduction and reform of law/policies (including research, dialogues, seminars/workshops, PIL, media, Networking, Partnership); 2) right-based prevention, protection & integration supports (including comprehensive women and child friendly packages like legal, shelter, development, psychosocial counseling & others); 3) enhancing member women lawyers’ professional capacity to act as “ Change Agents”] to resist countrywide violence against women and children & fulfill its vision “ to establish rule of law with gender equality”.

People Associated With This Organization

Maliha Sultana

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers... (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Gender-based violence
I am working 18 years of experience in management, coordination, planning and program implementation, I have working experience on human rights, child rights, Gender base Violence, comprehensive shelter base psychosocial rehabilitation supports, Community base child protection mechanism, child friendly local governance and legal aid services. I have been working in the development field and contributing in the major areas of program management, Administration and Coordinate different types of project to smoothly Implementation as well as Gender Mainstreaming, Bangladesh women priorities and Women legal Rights. Using the knowledge I have gained from this experience, I have developed policy, approach, models, and manuals aimed to engage women and children with Bangladesh development sector to improvements their lives and empowerment. I gather additional information by identifying gaps, challenges and achieving the right approach and impact of gender engagement in Bangladesh development s

Mitali Jahan

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers...
Joined November 2015
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance
Ms. Jahan is a lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court, currently working as Project Coordinator at BNWLA and she has over eight years experience promoting human rights and rule of law, specially for women. She deals with a program focusing on community intervention to policy advocacy processes related to violence against women, including implementing women's rights related laws and policies.

Her professional skills have been enhanced over the years on project management, coordinating research, designed policy advocacy and campaign, capacity development, networking, to deal with issue of VAW prevention and protection.In recent years, she have been contributed in the formulation of the various laws, policies and plan relating to women and children rights.

Nigear Ferdous

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers... (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence
Ferdous Nigear joined BNWLA in March 2009 as Program Officer under Combating Domestic Violence (CDV) Project. She possesses more than nine years extensive experience in the field of Access to Justice and Human Rights. She has gathered exclusive knowledge on the formal and informal justice system of Bangladesh. In her current position she is responsible for overall legal aid service management. She has experienced to conduct various sessions on different women rights and human rights issues. She actively contributed to formulating draft of the Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Rules 2013. She is contributing to publish different study of BNWLA and write different articles on human rights issue in the national dailies. Ms. Nigear has completed her Master degree in Social Work with Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from Rajshahi University and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from National University and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Prime University.

Zannatul Ferdous

Bangladesh  
Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers...
Joined February 2015
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services
Zannatul Ferdous is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA).

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