Sultana is a Bangladeshi human rights lawyer and activist who currently serves as the Chairperson of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). She was the former Executive Director of Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK). She is also the Co-chair of International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission and leads campaigns on violence against women and environmental issues.
Sultana was appointed as advisor for President Lajuddin Ahmed’s caretaker government during Bangladesh’s political crisis in 2006. In 1971, she joined the Mukti Bahini – Bangladesh’s freedom fighters during The Liberation War – and was a co-founder of the Bangladesh Field Hospital in Agartala. Kamal was one of four women to receive the CNC’s Special Commendation for her role in the war. Canadian human rights group Rights and Democracy awarded Sultana with the John Humphrey Freedom Award in 1996.