A leading women rights activist in Bangladesh, practicing lawyer of Supreme Court of Bangladesh, President of Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA), Honorary Member of Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission, President of Workers Rights Coalition. President of SEWA (an organization of women workers in informal sector).Legal Secretary of Bangladesh Labour Foundation, Members of Federation of International Women Lawyers FIDA. American Bar Association. Supreme Court Bar Association, Dhaka Bangladesh. Labour Court Bar Association, Dhaka Bangladesh, Dhaka Bar Association, Two ILO Sub Committee of Labour and Manpower Ministry, Dhaka Bangladesh & Ex Member of Bangladesh Legal Aid Committee, Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Advocate Fawzia had received Parliamentary Fellowship, Institute for Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, New Delhi, India (1982) and Advocacy Fellowship from Advocacy Institute, Washington, USA (1994);. Ms. Fawzia is expert in Public Interest Litigation as part of judicial activism having focus on women rights from a development perspective. As a legal professional she had attained numbers of Land Mark Judgment securing the rights of women in family at work and in the public Institutions.
Ms. Fawzia had more than three decades of experiences to deal with the issues of violence prevention, protection, prosecution, and survivors’ rehabilitation and reintegration, law enforcement, case management, policy/law reforms and changing practices. She is attached/involved with Working Women Education Center (WWEC), American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center), National Coordinating Council for Global March of Women 2000 , Institute for Law and Development, Dhaka, “Legal Empowerment Project For Women” project funded by German Government with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWCA), Bangladesh for GTZ, Germany, NETZ, Bangladesh (German Organization) and Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF).
Advocate Fawzia is a initiator of National Minimum Wage Advocacy Program, first time in Bangladesh and introducer of concept on National Protective Legislation For Informal Sector Workers. Along with she had also introduced first time a project on social security through introducing an insurance scheme for informal sector women workers with private insurance company Delta Insurance Company; enhanced capacity of women Biri Workers Haraghacha, Rangpur first time in Bangladesh. Ms. Fawzia is regularly assisting, giving legal opinion and advice on different legal aspects and acid cases.
A dedicated human rights defender and women’s rights activist, is the Executive Director of Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association. In 1995, Advocate Salma Ali received an Ashoka Fellowship for obtaining the release of Bangladeshi women who were being imprisoned without having a proper trial or due cause and guiding them through the different transitions to the outside world. In 2010, she received the “Woman of Courage” award from the United State’s Secretary of State for her tireless work on behalf of women and children in Bangladesh over the last three decades.
Advocate Salma Ali has initiated advocacy at the national level for enacting women- and child-friendly legislation and has delivered technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh in drafting and amending various laws and policies. In recent years, she has been influential in the development of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act, 2010 and the Rules of Procedure for the implementation of that Act and the Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act, 2012.