Women

04.30.13

Bangladesh to Nominate Woman Parliament Speaker

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will be first female speaker in country’s history.

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is set to be nominated as Bangladesh’s first-ever female speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, the country’s Parliament. Chaudhury is the state minister for women and children’s affairs, and she was awarded the Asia Society’s humanitarian service award in 2010 for her work preventing domestic violence. A lawyer by practice, Chaudhury spent 15 years as an advocate for the Supreme Court—where she was a panel lawyer for current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. On April 13, Hasina had expressed a desire to fill the vacant speaker’s position with a woman, and Chaudhury’s election is all but guaranteed with her Awami League’s majority voting bloc.