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NusratAmeenidNusrat Ameen

Professor Ameen is a lawyer and academician working primarily in the area of gender rights.  She also teaches and research on gender equality for woman in global contexts.  She has a PhD in Domestic Violence and Law from United Kingdom.  

She has some 14 years teaching experience at tertiary levels and sat on the board of the University of Dhaka, where she held responsibility for student admissions and counsellor of students since 1993.  Since 2005 she has been an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka.  She had also been Judicial Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Bangladesh Supreme Court (1993-1994) and was an adjunct Professor of Law for BRAC University, where she taught commercial and contract law. 

She has been consulted on Gender Rights by various NGOs and International Organisations, including United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Save the Children Fund (UK), the Embassy of Norway (NORAD), the Embassy of The Netherlands, and the Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association (BNWLA).    She was also consulted for the Bangladesh Home Ministry, where as a Resource Person, she delivered lectures and conduct workshops to educate the Public Servants (Secretaries, Additional, Joint and Deputy Secretaries), police and security services on Gender Rights and Violence Against Women legislation. She was a D.Net panel expert consulting on strategy formulation for the establishment of rights for the under-privileged rural population in Bangladesh. She is a Trustee Board Member for Nari Jibon, an NGO. 

She has published extensively in her field.  She was the contributing editor for  Widows Plight in Bangladesh: Rethinking Polices,  published by  the BNWLA in 2002, and her book Wife Abuse in Bangladesh (University Press 2005) has been cited extensively worldwide, including in the UK Home Office’s COIS Report.  She has several articles to her credit on women and children’s rights.

In addition to being a Visiting Scholar with us at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, she is also faculty at Rice's Master of Liberal Studies Program in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. She also serves as the Director of Housing and Case Management for Daya Inc., a Houston based Non Profit working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2008.