Six years after suffering a horrific attack by her former husband which left her blinded and severely injured, Rumana Monzur has graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
In a resonant speech delivered to fellow graduates on May 24, 2017, Rumana described her transformative journey of recovery and rebuilding as she forges a new life with her 11-year-old daughter Anusheh, taking on challenges with optimism, perseverance and the support of her family, friends and the UBC community.
Rumana had been an assistant professor at Dhaka University’s international relations department when she enrolled in graduate studies at UBC; her decision to further her education led to tension with her former husband, which culminated in the violent assault in 2011 when Rumana returned to visit in Bangladesh. The strength and determination she has demonstrated in her remarkable comeback has brought international attention to the issue of domestic violence, and Rumana has been active in advocating for women’s rights.
Rumana joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP as a summer student in 2016, and many of us here have been touched by her warmth and inspired by her courage. We look forward to welcoming her back when she commences her articles with the firm in the fall.
To learn more about Rumana’s story, please see recent features by the CBC, Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun.