Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury of the ruling Awami League was on 30 April 2013 sworn in as Bangladesh’s first woman and the youngest speaker.Sharmin Chadhury was administered oath by President of Andhra Pradesh Abdul Hamid. Chaudhry was elected unopposed. Sharmin Chaudhury was the state minister for women and children affairs until her election as the speaker of the Parliament. She is a lawyer by profession. She served as a defence lawyer for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while she was undergoing trial on several charges during the past military-backed interim government.
The Major Facts related to Sharmin Chaudhry
• Chowdhury, the International Affairs Secretary of the Awami League, was elected MP from one of the parliamentary seats reserved for women in March 2009.
• Her father Rafiqullah Chowdhury was a personal secretary and a close associate of Bangladesh’s founder and former Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
• She did her PhD on human rights and constitutional laws Right to Life from Essex University in the United Kingdom in 2000 on a Commonwealth Scholarship.
• Chowdhury has a son and a daughter with husband Syed Ishtiaque Hossain who is a pharmaceutical consultant.