Selina Hossain (Bangladesh)

Selina Hossain is one of the most important women writers of Bangladesh. She has published twenty-one novels, seven collections of short stories, four collections of prose and four collections of stories for children. Her works are a moving story of the contemporary social and political crisis, conflicts and chronic cycles of life of the struggling masses. For the last two decades she has been actively working for women’s advancement, in particular on gender and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. She has written and edited about ten books on the subject, of which two volumes of Gender Encyclopaedia (2005). Her novels and short stories have been translated into English, Russian, French, Japanese, Korean, Finnish, and many languages of India.


Hossain is the winner of Bangla Academy Award, 1980 and Alaol Purashkar, 1981 among many others. In 1994-95, she won a scholarship from the Ford Foundation for his novel, Sandhya Gayatri. She has recently received the Chandrabati Academy Gold Medal 2010, and the International Award for Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) from the Rabindra Bharati University (2010).Selina Hossain was the director of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka. She is currently a member of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh and the representative of her government to the Executive Board of UNESCO.

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