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city of Nantes, France, Academy prize from the

Royal Academy of arts, science and literature

from Belgium. She is a Humanist Laureate in

The International Academy for Humanism,USA.

She won Distinguished Humanist Award from

Inter-national Humanist and Ethical Union,

Free-thought Heroine award from Freedom

From Religion foundation, USA., IBKA award,

Ger-many, and Feminist Press Award, USA . She

got the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize for

Promo-tion of the Tolerance and Non-violence

in 2005. She received the Medal of honor of


Taslima Nasreen

Taslima Nasreen, an award-winning writer,

physician, secular humanist and human rights

activist, is known for her powerful writings on

women oppression and unflinching criticism of

religion, despite forced exile and multiple

fatwas calling for her death. In India,

Bangladesh and abroad, Nasreen’s fiction,

nonfiction, poetry and memoir have topped

the best-seller’s list.

Taslima Nasreen was born in Bangladesh. She

started writing when she was 13. Her writings

won the hearts of people across the border and

she landed with the prestigious literary award

Ananda from India in 1992. Taslima won The

Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from

the European Parliament in 1994.

She received the Kurt Tucholsky Award from

Swedish PEN, the Simone de Beauvoir Award

and Human Rights Award from Government of

France, Le Prix de l' Edit de Nantes from the

Bestowed with honorary doctorates from Gent

University and UCL in Belgium, and American

University of Paris and Paris Diderot University

in France, she has addressed gatherings in major

venues of the world like the European Parliament,

National Assembly of France, Universities

of Sorbonne, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, etc.

She got fellowships as a research scholar at

Harvard and New York Universities. She was a

Woodrow Wilson Fellow in the USA in 2009.

Taslima has written 43 books in Bengali, which

includes poetry, essays, novels and

autobiography series. Her works have been

translated in thirty different languages. Some

of her books are banned in Bangladesh.

Because of her thoughts and ideas she has

been banned, blacklisted and banished from

Bengal, both from Bangladesh and West Bengal

part of India. She has been prevented by the

authorities from returning to her country since

1994, and to West Bengal since 2007.


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