Aziza Ahmed is popularly known as Paula Aziz, is a social activist, blogger, literature enthusiast, amateur poet and the coordinator of Prothom Alo Trust. She had also worked with Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald and Bitopi Advertising Ltd. Aziz grew up in a family that was deeply involved in the Liberation War of Bangladesh (1971). Aziz’s parents — Ziauddin Ahmed and Habiba Ahmed — supported freedom fighters with resources and assisted them in several ways. She has always been vocal about social injustice and her passion for this cause inspired her to take up the position at Prothom Alo Trust that is known for its commendable role in helping and rehabilitating victims of gender violence, particularly acid victims.
Aziz has been actively involved with the Shahbagh Movement since day one (February 5, 2013). The movement started after people started protesting against the inadequate sentencing of convicted war criminal Abdul Quader Molla. She is working in organizing international media attention towards Shahbag Movement and raising funds to rehabilitate the minority families affected by Jamat mayhem.
According to her, “There are some non-negotiable issues in life. We can’t negotiate when it is the question of existence, self respect and pride…We want justice.”
She is best described as:
A social worker by profession.
A bohemian soul by heart.
A naturalist by living life.
An utopian dreamer by mercy of god.
A weekend cook by choice
A morbidly whimsical poet by fate!!