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Sultana Jahangir
Nominated by:  Costi Immigrant Services/South Asian Women’s Rights Organization

Sultana Jahangir has been a social service worker and social justice advocate for 25 years in Bangladesh, United States, and Canada. After immigrating to Canada she lived in Toronto’s East Danforth area, which has a high concentration of low-income immigrant families, mostly Bangladeshi immigrants. Sultana led immigrant women from the area to create their own organization, South Asian Women’s Rights Organization (SAWRO). Since 2007, she has served as SAWRO’s Executive Director. Under her leadership, SAWRO has developed effective programs to reduce community poverty, and empower women and girls. Sultana has a Master’s Degree in Political and Social Science from Dhaka University and has enhanced her skills through additional education in the United States and Canada. Sultana gained experience with the movement for empowerment of women at the national and international level. She participated in the 2015-16 sessions of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute (CWFLI) hosted by the Coady Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2016, she was selected to represent the CWFLI alumni at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Conference in Brazil where women from around the world shared and explored best practices on advocating and building women’s leadership across regions and sectors.