National Commissioner: Advocate Sultana Kamal
Advocate Sultana Kamal is a respected lawyer, and a long-standing human rights and women’s rights activist.
Following the War of Independence Sultana worked as a women's rights activist and decided to study law in order to provide legal assistance to the disenfranchised, especially women. Her long career since then has been, primarily, within international voluntary organisations, including as a legal consultant to the UNHCR in Hong Kong, working with Vietnamese Boat Peopleand briefly as an adviser to the 2006 Bangladesh government, a post she chose to resign after three months.
Alongside her current role as the Executive Director of Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) she chairs Transparency International Bangladesh and co-chairs the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission. She also sits as a trustee of Freedom Foundation, Protichi Bangladesh, Rokeya and the Memorial Foundation and is a member of Bangladesh UNESCO National Commission, The National Legal Aid Committee, The Blue Planet Initiative, the Asia Pacific Forum for Women Law and Development (Regional Network), Women Living Under Muslim Laws (International Network), South Asians For Human Rights and South Asian Partnership among many others.
Sultana has regularly published articles in daily newspapers and periodicals on social, legal and gender issues, has lectured at various universities, including the University of Toronto and Oxford University, and has travelled to over thirty countries to address issues relating to human and womens' rights.
Sultana's work has been internationally recognised and she has received several international and national awards. She is also one of only four women awarded the the CNC's Special Commendation for her role in the war of liberation and has been awarded the Ananya Top Ten Award (1995) and the Canadian John Humphrey Freedom Award (1996) for her involvement in the human rights and women's rights activities.