Monira Rahman is the international award winning human rights defender. For her contribution to bring down the number of acid attacks from 500 in the year 2002 to bellow hundred in 2013 and for successful transformation of the ‘acid victim’ into ‘change agent’, she has received awards from Amnesty International Germany in 2006, Silver Banner Award from Italy in 2007, Americans for UNFPA award in 2009, World’s Children Prize in 2011 and International Human Rights Award 2011 from the French Republic. Monira Rahman joined Acid Survivors Foundation in May 1999, as the first employee and contributed in the development of the programs and organisation from scratch. Monira took over the Executive Director position in 2002 from the founding Executive Director Dr John Morrison and led the organisation for 11 years. Before ASF, Monira worked with Concern Worldwide for 7 years and made significant change in the attitude of the policy makers for the services for the homeless people in the country. After ASF, she has founded a new organisation named Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation to promote mental health equity for sustainable development.
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