Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of religion. She advocates secular humanism, freedom of thought, gender equality, and human rights by publishing, lecturing, and campaigning. Meanwhile, she has received numerous awards in western countries that have publicized her struggle for women’s rights and freedom of expression. In 2000, she again received the Ananda award for her memoir, Amar Meyebela (My Girlhood). A symbol of one who fights for free speech, Taslima Nasrin has defended human rights in many countries and the renowned universities all over the world. Her dream of the secularization of the Islamic countries and secular instead of religious education is becoming more and more accepted and honored by the people who value freedom.