• AT A GLANCE

     

    In June 2011, I lost my sight as a result of a horrendous act of domestic violence.
    Along with blindness came many hardships and challenges. Yet, in facing these challenges, I did not lose my perspective. I still see myself as the same person I always was. The same Rumana, who always believed in celebrating life; celebrating the life that made me the woman I am today. Until June 2011, I was building my career in academia. After becoming blind, I decided to change my career. I graduated from the University of British Columbia, Canada in May 2017 with a law degree. Today, I am an articled student at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP.

    My motto: Be Infinite

     

    THE PAST

    Feels like another lifetime

    THE PRESENT

    I'm fighting and thriving

    THE FUTURE

    Looks promising and "green"!

  • ACHIEVEMENTS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    My interests keep growing, there's no limit, I will continue learning till my last breath

    AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

    View my TEDxStanleyPark talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjcfF6g3Bo

    2015 TEDxStanleyPark. Theme: “Yes we can reduce violence against women”

    • 2017 Peter A. Allard School of Law Graduation Student Speaker, University of British Columbia
    • 2016 Hilda Janzen Memorial Award for Feminist Legal Studies recipient, awarded by the Peter Wall Institute
    • 2016 Outstanding Performance in Environmental and Natural Resource Law recipient, awarded by DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • 2016 Gordon Bisaro Memorial Prize in Law recipient, awarded by UBC  
    • 2015 Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund, drawn from almost 90 General Counsels from across Canada
    • 2013 Laurie Shepherd Award in recognition of academic excellence and leadership in community service, Vancouver, BC
    • 2012 Canada’s Daughter of the Year, Daughter’s Day, Edmonton, AB
    • 2012 Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Scholarship, UBC
    • 2011 UNESCO Keizo Obuchi Fellowship, Women's participation in the peace building process in post-conflict Sri Lanka (declined, due to blindness brought about just a month earlier)

    PUBLICATIONS

    Past academic publications:

    • Sri Lanka on the verge of Non-Violence: Can violence lead to Stable Peace? Identity, Culture & Politics: An Afro-Asian Dialogue, Volume 9, No. 2, December 2008.
    • Humiliated Pakistan and its Uncertain FutureJournal of South Asian Affairs: Vol. 1, No. 2,
      July-December, Vishakhapatnam, 2008.
    • Beyond the Security Impasse: State, Development & People; RCSS (Regional Centre for
      Strategic Studies) Policy Studies # 46; Colombo, 2008.
    • Sri Aurobindo & Modern ImperialismPhilosophy & Progress, June-December, Dhaka, 2004.
    • Combating ‘Terrorism’: New Challenge for the Southeast Asian CountriesJournal of
      International Affairs; Vol. 7, No. 2, July-December, Dhaka, 2003.

    DLA PIPER (CANADA) LLP - ARTICLED STUDENT

    The journey continues

    • I am currently articling at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

    UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - PETER A. ALLARD SCHOOL OF LAW

    Law School Graduate

    • Graduated in the Juris Doctor (JD) Program in May 2017
    • Completed Masters in Political Science from UBC - 2013
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