Women’s Health Rights Advocacy Partnership
Naripokkho - Founder
Shireen Pervin Huq is a women's rights activist working on gender, human rights and development. She is a founder member of Naripokkho, a leading women's rights organisation in Bangladesh where she has worked on a voluntary basis
since its founding in 1983. The Naripokkho office is located in the country’s capital Dhaka. However, its work is nationwide. Currently, Shireen is the Honorary Coordinator of the Bangladesh component of a multi-country project on Women’s Health Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP). The Naripokkho-WHRAP intervention is focused on women’s SRHR and reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality through claiming accountability of service providers in public hospitals in the south-western coastal districts of Bangladesh.
Shireen is also a founder member of Moulik Odhikar Shurokkha Committee (Committee for the Protection of Fundamental Rights) in Bangladesh which is a platform of human rights defenders working on freedom of expression and the right to free speech, and freedom of association and the right to organise as well as enforced disappearances.
Shireen is an active member of the Advisory Committee of the International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific on whose behalf she has conducted training on CEDAW, conducted workshops on the preparation of Shadow/Alternative Reports and facilitated consultations on the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations in different parts of the world.
From 1987-2006 she worked as an advisor to DANIDA in Bangladesh on women’s development, poverty reduction and human rights.
Shireen was educated at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and The Evergreen State College in the USA where she completed a BA in Liberal Arts. Subsequently she studied at the University of Sussex in UK and where she had embarked on a PhD in Social Anthropology but could not complete her field research as she became distracted with the founding of Naripokkho..