Monira Rahman

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Monira Rahman (born 1966) worked as secretary/PA to Dr John Morrison OBE who consulted for the Canadian International Development Agency in Dhaka, Bangladesh prior to becoming the founder of the Acid Survivors Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and preventing acid attacks. She later became Executive Director of ASF and was granted the Human Rights Award of the German section of Amnesty International in 2005, as ASF was able to reduce number of acid attacks in Bangladesh about 40%. Dr John Morrison developed the Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh. The Acid Survivors Foundation was officially established on 12 May 1999 under a Trust Deed by Mr Kazi Fazlur Rahman. Dr John Morrison was the Founder Executive Director of the Foundation and Monira Rahman was the Deputy Director. Since August 2002, Monira Rahman become its Chief Executive Officer. When Monira Rahman took over the CEO position, the number of acid attack was increasing at the rate of 38% each year. But under her leadership a social movement is continuing which resulted 75% reduction of acid attack by the year 2010. Monira Rahman won Amnesty International's Human Rights Defenders Award 2006, Americans for UNFPA award 2009 and World's Children's Prize 2010.

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