Dr. Evelyn Collins CBE
Evelyn is a law graduate of Sheffield University, and has achieved a Masters’ degrees from the University of Toronto (Criminology) and Queen’s University Belfast (Human Rights and Discrimination Law).
Evelyn has worked on equality issues since the 1980s, mostly in Northern Ireland but also as a national expert working on gender equality in the European Commission in Brussels.
Evelyn was Chair of the Board of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies from October 2013 to October 2017. She is a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities between Women and Men. Evelyn was appointed as a Trustee of the Equal Rights Trust in September 2017. Evelyn also serves on the Board of the Chief Executives’ Forum in Northern Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Evelyn was awarded the CBE in 2008, for services to the public in Northern Ireland. In July 2014, the University of Ulster awarded Evelyn the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LLD) for her contribution to the promotion of equality and good relations.
Ferdous Ara Begum is the member of the Board of Trustees of HelpAge International and a former member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (2007-2010). She is a gender and ageing issues specialist.
As a CEDAW Member she has had the opportunity to examine the reports on women’s advancement in 115 countries. She worked to realize equality between men and women through ensuring women’s access to equal opportunity in every aspect of their life including public and political life. She took the lead role to formulate the General Recommendation on protection of human rights of older women, which is called G.R.27.
As the member of the Board of Trustees of HelpAge, she has influenced the policy guide line of the organization for the benefit of the older people, so that they have a dignified life with adequate social protection, access to health services, protection from violence and has ensured that they have a voice.
As a former civil servant, she was the first woman to lead Bangladesh Television as Director General, and the first female Commissioner of Taxes in Bangladesh. She has served as a board member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank for six years.
In her 32 years of continuous public service, she has been active in educating and creating public awareness on the importance of women’s rights and actively influenced women’s financial independence.
At present she is involved with the International Institute on Ageing (UN-Malta) and is also the country representative of INPEA. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and is CEO of the Active Ageing and Research Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh.