Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monday April 3, 2017: Bangladeshi Constitutional Lawyer Sara Hossein

Sara Hossain, a leading human rights and constitutional lawyer in Bangladesh, who helped to craft her country's first comprehensive legislation on violence against women.

Sara Hossain is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an honorary executive director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST). She was one of the recipients of the 2016 International Women of Courage Award awarded by the US Secretary of State. Hossain played a key role in drafting Bangladesh's first comprehensive legislation on violence against women, which went on to become law in 2010. She is known for her role in challenging fatwa violence, where fatwas are issued to mete out degrading and violent punishments to women and girls. She also opposed the two-finger test in rape and sexual assault cases, and forced veiling. Hossain co-edited 'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women with Lynn Welchman.

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Also on today's show:
Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Film producer Donna C. Roberts

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