Rumana Ali

Rumana Ali is a Senior Research Associate at BRAC Research and Evaluation Division. She has been working here since 2008. Rumana completed her first Masters from the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, and then second Masters in Women and Gender Studies from two European universities- University of Lodz (Poland) and the University of Oviedo (Spain) under Erasmus Mundus joint master degree programme funded by the European Commission. Currently she is working at Human Rights and Social Development unit of RED. Her research interest includes gender, violence, human rights and women participation in development activities both at organization and community level.

Personal data

Name                          : Rumana Ali

Address                       : BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Telephone                   : 88 02 9881265 (Ext. 3733) 

E-mail address            : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nationality                  : Bangladeshi

Gender                       : Female



MA in Women’s and Gender Studies (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies), University of Lodz, Poland and University of Oviedo, Spain 

MSS in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka

B.Sc (Hons) in Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka

Work experiences

Date                            : February 2008 - Present

Position                       : Senior Research Associate

Employer                     : BRAC

Type of business         : Non-profit organization/NGO

Area of work               : Research and evaluation in Human Rights and Social Development

Major responsibilities    : study planning, tools development, data analysis, report writing and presentation


Date                             : September 2006 – February 2008

Position                        : Material Developer

Employer                     : SEID (Special Education for Intellectually Disabled) Trust

Type of business          : Non-profit organization/NGO

Major responsibilities  : All types of documentation including report writing to donors, preparation of various status and special reports as needed, training material preparation and assist in proposal writing

List of publications

Ali R, Upoma RA, Saha PK (2016). Changes in Gender Roles and Relations in GQAL Households: Impact of GQAL. Dhaka: BRAC. (Research monograph series no. 68)

Hafiza S, Ali R and Rafi M (2016). Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment. In: Hossain M, Kairy SN and Bayes A, eds. Driving Development: A Story of BRAC’s Evolution and Effectiveness. Dhaka: University Press Limited.

Ali R. (2015). Engaging Men and Boys in the Journey towards Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: Gender Quality Action Learning. Dhaka: BRAC. (Research monograph series no. 61)

Ali R (2013). Women’s Participation in WASH at Community Level. Journal of Third World Studies, 30(1): 193-208.

Ali R (2012). Changing Expectations of Gender Roles in Bangladesh: The Case of Female Field Staff of BRAC. (Research monograph series no. 52). Dhaka: BRAC.

Alim MA and Ali R (2012). Sensitizing Communities to Eliminate Discrimination and Violence against Women: An Assessment of BRAC’s Intervention. Dhaka: BRAC. (Working paper series no.30).

Research Report

Ali R (2012). BRAC as a workplace: Is it women-friendly?  BRAC Research Report. Web. Available at:

Evans C, Naomi SS and Ali R (2011). Human Rights Lawyering: Expanding the Role of BRAC Panel Lawyers in Legal Empowerment. BRAC Research Report. Web.

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