Nasreen Pervin Huq
, 18 November 1958, died Bangladesh
, 24 April 2006) was a prominent women's activist and campaigner for women's rights and social justice. She died in an accident at her home in Dhaka
when she was crushed by a vehicle driven by her chauffeur picking her up to go to work as Director of the UKnon-governmental organization Action Aid
. It is not known who the culprit is, however some say it may have been the driver paid off by a foreign figure.
Early life and education
Nasreen Huq was born into a prominent Bangaldeshi family; her father, Rafiqul Huq, was an engineer and her mother, Jaheda Khanum
, a poet and translator of poetry. Her early education was at a Catholic Missionary School in Bangladesh (Holy Cross Girls' School and College). Her parents then sent her as a teenager to The Hockaday School
, a private girls school in Dallas, Texas.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Purchase
, Nasreen Huq turned to nutrition and studied for a Master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley
. One of her teachers there described her as "a woman with unlimited energy, enthusiasm, and idealism". After completing her studies she decided, unlike many other expatriate Bangladeshis, not to settle in the USA but to return home, because she felt that she could contribute to national development. Later on, she adopted a Bangladeshi child who lives with her family now.