KABERI GAYENA writer, a critical thinker, an activist and above all - a human being. Kaberi Gayen is a Bengali academic, author, and social activist known for her outspoken views on the oppression of minorities and gender inequality in Bangladesh.
Gayen was born in a Bengali Kayastha family in Khulna, Bangladesh. She did her schooling from Barisal Government Women's College, and travelled to Dhaka in 1989 to obtain an honours degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of Dhaka - for which she was awarded the Dil Noshin Khanam Gold Medal. She then completed her master's from the same university in 1990, thereafter travelling to Edinburgh to obtain a PhD from Edinburgh Napier University in 2004. Her thesis was on Modelling the Influence of Communications on Fertility Behaviour of Women in Rural Bangladesh.
Gayen is a full-time professor at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of University of Dhaka. She is also visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom. She is a member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, as well as a columnist for various national newspapers, including the Bangladeshi English-language newspapers The Daily Star and Prothom Alo. She was awarded the European Union grant in 2004, to work on the "Social Network of Older Workers". In 2011, she received the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh grant, and was subsequently invited to present lectures at Dundee University and Edinburgh University. Johannes Karl Mühl, the German academic from Hochschule Furtwangen University, credited her with helping him write his book "Organizational Trust: Measurement, Impact, and the Role of Management Accountants".
Gayen is a vocal human rights activist who has spoken for the rights of the Hindu, Christian, and Atheist minorities, such as the atheist blogger Asif Mohiuddin. She has campaigned for justice in the Bangladeshi Judiciary, and is vocal against religious extremism and government oppression. She has supported The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh. She has protested against the arrest of Labour rights activists and spoken against the issues of gender-inequality and sexual assault prevalent in the Bangladeshi society.
- Gayen, Kaberi (2009). Modelling Influences of Communication: A Study of the Fertility Behaviour of Women in Rural Bangladesh. Koln, Germany: LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3838304700.
- Construction of Women in the War Films of Bangladesh (Muktizuddher Cholochchitre Naree Nirman). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bengal Publications Limited. 2013.
- Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of Women Garment Workers of Bangladesh. Bangladesh: University Press Limited. 2015. (in the process of printing)