FIRST EVER WOMAN CHAIRING THE BANGLADESHI PARLIAMENT
More and more bright women-politicians appear on the modern political scene. Their actions assist in solving global problems. One of those politicians is Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh. The EWC journalists analysed the international media to know more about her activity.
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the first ever woman presiding Jatiya Sangsad, the National Assembly of Bangladesh. She was elected to be a chairperson at the age of 46. Thus, she also became the youngest chairperson in the history of that legislative body. The politician herself mentioned that her appointment was “an outstanding milestone in the empowerment of the country’s women”. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also presides the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. It is surely symbolic, as she became the first representative of Bangladesh who chaired one of the entities of a large international organisation.
As a politician, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has always been concerned with the problem of people around her. She paid much attention to the topic of gender equality while serving as the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh. She contributed much to formulating National Women Development Policy, Children Policy and Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act.
The politician’s merit in the sphere were highly evaluated. Thus, in 2010, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury received Asia Society’s Humanitarian service Award. It was also mentioned that she contributed greatly to both eliminating domestic violence and empowering Bangladeshi women, including the sphere of employment.
Being a Chairperson of Jatiya Sangsad, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury dedicated her efforts to solve a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh caused by the Rohingya crisis. She urged the international community to help in solving the problem, as only then republic’s citizens would live freely and comfortably. She commented the situation: “Bangladesh wants an urgent and peaceful solution of the crisis so that the Rohingya people could return to their homes in Myanmar with their rights and dignity and lead a meaningful life through peaceful coexistence with their neighbour”.
According to Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, it is highly important to involve youth in politics. She thinks that it will contribute to country’s prosperity.
Viktoria Yezhova, Nikolay Boykov, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov