The former DU professor was called to bar 7 years after a devastating domestic assault
Rumana Monzur, who was blinded by her husband in a violent domestic assault in 2011, was called to bar on Friday.
Monzur, also former assistant professor of international relations at Dhaka University, refused to let the life-altering attack disrupt her education, reports CTV News.
She reflected on her difficult times saying: “I wanted to live a meaningful life, a life where I can actually look back and say that I wasn’t sitting idle and I didn’t waste time crying over what I’d lost.”
A survivor herself, Monzur’s drive to help other victims of domestic violence led her to attend UBC's Peter A. Allard School of Law, after finishing her Master's degree in 2013.
Currently, she holds a new job lined up as junior counsel in Indigenous law at the Department of Justice in Canada, where she intends to realize her dreams.
Hinting that she aspires to help all kinds of marginalized people, Monzur said: “My intention was to become a good lawyer.”
Notably, the assault took place when she was on a trip home to Bangladesh and working at the Dhaka University.
After her traumatic experience, she began motivating people through public speaking all while continuing her education.
"I realized just by creating awareness you can actually motivate people – where individuals feel that they need to take action. That to me is the starting point to help women, especially women who are suffering domestic violence,” she said.