Rizwana is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She has initiated landmark rulings on the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh and was able to forestall the import of toxic end-of-life vessels to her country. She received the prestigious Goldman Prize 2009 for her work on shipbreaking, and won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012, considered ‘the Asian Nobel prize’. The US Department of State recognised Rizwana with the International Women of Courage Award 2022. She is considered a leading environmentalist in Bangladesh.

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