Alena wants women to lit up own life
A human rights activist and a Lawyer by profession Alena Khan was born in Pabna district at Ishwardi. She shot to the fame through her immense contribution in empowering the women in the grassroots level. All through her life she engaged herself in helping the vulnerable women directly and thereby established her as the icon for the female.
She was inspired to engage herself in humanitarian work by seeing her father. Indeed her total family had the knack to do something for the vulnerable people. The values of the family taught and motivated her to dedicate her life for the humanitarian work indeed.
She is the fifth amongst four brothers and two sisters of her parents late Alhaj Abul Khan Late Rizia Begum.
She in fact began those humanitarian works during her college life when she and her two friends saved their Tiffin to help their two classmates to give their college registration fee. Coincidentally after a long time she met one of those classmates, who held a prestigious post in a mental hospital.
She was expert in debating in her university life and also a regular face in participating in cultural activities. She took highest degree in LLB from Rajshahi University in 1989 after which she engaged herself in this profession.
In her life so far she held various positions, first of which was when she was elected as the executive member of Dhaka Lawyer Association. She was also the cultural editor of this association.
From 1998 to 2009 she was the lawyer of Bangladesh Human Rights Implementation Agency, Director of Investigation and Executive Director for almost 22 years. She got fellowship from the invitation of Royal Danish Embassy's foreign Affairs Ministry on "Gender Mainstream".
She was a former member of SARRC autonomous Women's advocate group under ministry of Women and children affairs.
"From the year of 1989 I have been working on the movement for human rights. Our main goal is to save others life. Evil power cannot stay long time. I believe our new generation will take the country to new height," Alena Khan said.
"Most of the people regardless of male and female feel insecure in our country. It's imperative to take step to help them overcoming the insecurity."
Advocate Alena Khan, also the chairman of the Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR), said, "We talk about people's rights and human rights and the consequent fight against violation and torture."
"The mission of Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation is to stand beside those people who have suffered torture and violation, to stand beside those who have been left helpless and deprived of their rights, and to protect and preserve their rights against the violation of human rights per se," she mentioned.
BHRF is a non-government and politics free human rights organization that is run by her. The organization formally started its journey on 23rd July, 2009, in accordance with the constitution of Bangladesh and United Nation's, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The foundation is working very actively on different humanitarian issues, such as violation and torture against women and children, rape, domestic violence, social misbelieves, landlessness, unlawful arrest, torture and causing death in custody, social discrimination and insecurity, executive corruption and biasness; etc, with a view to the prevention and reduction of all kinds of violation of rights of the people of the society.
In this regard the foundation is also raising awareness among people and providing legal help through investigation, research and legal advice as a free service or may be in exchange of small amounts. Additionally, the foundation is also arranging workshops, seminars and distinctive training programs to raise awareness between the students of schools, colleges and universities.
The foundation through public interactions and study of sensational cases gains information regarding issues of violation of human rights and brings it in to the knowledge of the required authority to take necessary steps in this regard.
Alena Khan, has written a book named Legal advices for everyday life, which will help and support the students and common people to bring an awareness of law and human rights issues.
"In conducting awareness I realized that they can earn primary knowledge on human rights and basic laws," she informed.
The foundation also is publishing a monthly bulletin on human right issues where they include different sensational cases related to the violation of human rights, legal advices, information, preventive measures against violations, merits of the case, investigation reports, etc. This bulletin is sent to different people of different professions and legal practitioners.
Alena Khan urged Government to take stern step against those who are involved in crime be it on male or female.
At the same time, Alena Khan believed a woman has some responsibility as a mother and as a female also. She believes if they can do the things properly the violence on the women would be reduced significantly.
For all mothers in the country, she advised, "All mothers in our society should take care her son and daughter in a way so that they can grow up as a good human being. A mother can teach her son and daughter how to respect others. She should teach specially her son to respect the women. If she is able to teach her son to respect women, the violence on women will be reduced significantly."
She urged female of this society to be self-reliant by their own qualification.
"The women should be confident in what they are doing. They should believe in their self-power and try to empower themselves with their own qualification. They should not rely on others to do their things."