Since becoming a Barefoot lawyer for BRAC, Rupa has been a community advocate, speaking out against dowry, acid violence, early marriage and gender inequalities in her home community of Rangpur, Bangladesh. After completing the BRAC training, Rupa is now confident in passing on knowledge about the legal system in seven different areas of law. She admits to being previously unaware that common practices like early marriage and dowry are illegal. BRAC's legal education initiatives complement our legal aid clinics, where women can receive free legal aid to protest injustices. In her community, Rupa is a key access point, performing door-to-door visits to identify abuses taking place, and connecting those involved with BRAC's free legal aid services . Rupa is paid by BRAC for her work as a barefoot lawyer. She is also part of the BRAC's Targeting the Ultra Poor program, through which she has received five goats and ten chickens through which she earns an income.
Rupa became a single mother at 15. She was unable to feed or school her son, for a time she was forced to place her son in a home for children (an Atimkhana) whose parents have difficulty providing essentials.