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Sheikh Hasina, the 10th Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is one of the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of the country. The 71-year-old is the daughter of the first president and father of nation of Bangladesh, and has spent four decades in politics. She won her fourth term in 2018, which is also her third consecutive term, after her party, Bangladesh Awami League, won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats. In the same year she was listed on Forbes as one the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She ranked 26th on the list, and also received the UNESCO Peace Tree Award for her courageous leadership.

Sheikh Hasina

During the current term, Prime Minister plans to focus on issues such as food security and access to education and healthcare.

In early life, she finished education from Bachelor of Arts from Dhaka University. She was not in Bangladesh when her family was assassinated.  She was able to came back to Bangladesh after she was elected to lead the Awami League Party on 16 February 1981 and arrived on 17 May 1981. Since the beginning of her political career, she has always been very powerful and strong figure. Not only a strong prime minister, when in opposition party, she was the strongest opposition leader in the country’s history.  

Because of her outstanding leadership and contribution in women empowerment, she has earned many accolades from all over the world. In 2019 she was honored “Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award” on the occasion of the International Women’s Day by the Institute of South Asian Women.

Sheikh Hasina received two international awards — the IPS International Achievement Award and the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership — for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas and for her farsighted leadership over the Rohingya issue.

She received the Global Women’s Leadership Award on April 27 last year for her outstanding leadership in women education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh,

UN honored her with its UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize in 1998, a year after Bangladesh saw the end of a nearly two- decade old insurgency in the southeastern hills in line with the peace talks with the ethnic rebels. Since then, she is keeping marks of her commitment to areas of global peace, climate change, agriculture, girl’s education and ICT, reintroducing Bangladesh to a global platform and installing the nation to an elevated seat in the international arena.

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