When 3 Bangladeshi women took center stage at UNGA
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrives to speak during the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in the UNGA Hall at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States, September 24 2021 Reuters
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tabled six-point proposal highlighting vaccine fairness and sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic
The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly brought a rare opportunity for Bangladesh, an example of the growing presence of women in leadership positions.
When it was the turn of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to deliver his speech for the 17th time at the UNGA in Bangla, it was Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, who chaired the session. That is why the Prime Minister was introduced and invited to the podium by Rabab Fatima.
And Mosammat Shahanara Monica, an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently an advisor at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, was the third woman to deliver Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s message to the English-speaking world.
Previously, Bangladesh, the flagship of multilateralism, was elected vice-president of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the Asia-Pacific region for a one-year term starting in September this year. year.
In her speech, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented a six-point proposal highlighting the fairness of vaccines, the sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the response to climate challenges and a renewed call for a solution to the Rohingya crisis.
She said the international community must work constructively for a permanent solution to the crisis through the safe, lasting and dignified return of the Rohingya to their country of origin in Rakhine State in Myanmar.
“It was an honor and a privilege to chair the session,” said Rabab Fatima.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were present in the General Assembly Hall.
Addressing UNB, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the European Union Ismat Jahan shared another moment of pride at the 15th Chiefs Summit Conference. State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in July 2009.
All participating delegations, during the Summit, commented on the empowerment of women in Bangladesh – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, then Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni (now Minister of Education) and the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to United Nations Ambassador Ismat Jahan.
“We felt very proud then and we also feel proud today,” said Ismat, Bangladesh’s first female PR at the UN and the first senior secretary at the Foreign Ministry.