Lemona (she/her/hers) is an award-winning gender equity and sustainable development activist with policy development experience. She is the Founder of OurCause, a not-for-profit organisation working to achieve Agenda 2030. She works on policy development and awareness-building with marginalised communities in the Global South including Bangladesh, India, and Pan-Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada.
She has been named as the UN Champion for Change for her contribution in raising awareness of gender equality. She is an Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network advising on women’s legal barrier’s trade, a Women’s Officer for United Nation’s Women Advisory Council and is an Executive Committee Member of WILPFUK since 2020. She has led over 1000 activists and NGOs globally on Sustainable Development Goals to collectively address issues such as gender discrimination.
For her work in diversity and inclusion, she has been recognised as the Ethnic Minority Future Leader in the UK. She has also been selected as the Pulse Featured Changemaker for using technology to create accessibility to education.
She works with the minority communities in Bangladesh including the LGBTQ community, sex workers as well as religious and ethnic minorities through her campaign “SheOwns” to reform land and property laws and “Literacy as Inclusion” to promote financial-digital literacy. She sits at the Global Advisory Committee of Equal Asia Foundation and is an Executive Committee Member of Women in Global Health, Bangladesh.
She is currently working to develop the WHO policy bank on gender-transformative policies in the health and care workforce and develop UK’s feminist foreign policies through the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP).
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