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The First Woman Speaker

The First Woman Speaker

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The 9th Parliament gave birth to one of the glorious events in the history of parliamentary democracy of the country. On the 3rd April, 2013 Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was elected Speaker uncontested. In the history of 42 years, Bangladesh got the first Woman Speaker. Through the election in the position of Speaker, there occurred an extra ordinary event in Bangladesh wherein three important positions that of Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and the Speaker in the country were occupied by three women which is rare in the parliamentary democracy of the world. Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury got elected by the voice votes first in the 9th parliament. It was also a first example for a woman to be elected Speaker by being elected in the reserved seat. She was the youngest Speaker in Bangladesh. Preceding that occurrence she was the State Minister in charge of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. She was also one of the architects of the proposed women policy of the government of great alliance (Mohajot) of political parties led by Awami League. The position of Speaker fell vacant when Speaker Abdul Hamid took the charge of the President on the death of the elderly Awami League leader Md. Zillur Rahman. In the face of a severe political crisis her assumption of responsibility was a much talked about issue in the political circle. Many a one got astonished on the occupation of such a position by her, superseding many senior leaders of a tradition bearing political party like Awami League. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury became successful in her competence and ability as Speaker only in 6 months time. Although the opposition party boycotted the most of the working days, there attended a notable number of MPs under her president-ship. Even if, when the image of the parliament session fell in crisis because of the silly and unparliamentarian utterances of some of the female members from both the government and opposition sides, she did not care them in conducting the sessions. Although she was not involved in politics, she has a legacy of  politics in her family. Her father Rafiqullah Chowdhury was the President of Chatra League during the martial law period of Ayub Khan. He was also private secretary to Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after the independence of the country.

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury has been once again elected Speaker of the 10th Parliament uncontested after she has been elected unopposed Member of the Parliament from a seat in Rangpur foregone by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She is also conducting the sessions of the current Parliament sessions competently as in the 9th one.E