Honoring Rizwana

Join us in congratulating Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association. Today, Rizwana received a 2022 International Women of Courage Award from U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and First Lady Jill Biden.

The U.S. Department of State writes: “The Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equity and equality, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity – often at great personal risk and sacrifice.”

Rizwana has been active in the ELAW network for 20 years. In 2009, she won a Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to increase government regulation and heighten public awareness about the dangers of ship breaking.

“Many thanks to my ELAW colleagues for your support all these years,” she writes.

Rizwana, you inspire us!

For more information, see:

The Daily Star, March 10, 2022
Environmentalist Rizwana Hasan to get US Int’l Women of Courage Award

Bern Johnson
Executive Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide