Dipu Moni Honorable Education Minister of Bangladesh By: Tauhidul Islam Apu

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“Dipu Moni, who is the first Women Education minister of Bangladesh; maintaining peace & development especially in the Education sector; nurturing our society providing the light of education. Stopped the coaching center for the better improvement of Bangladesh.”

Early Life:

Dipu Moni (born 8 December 1965) is a Bangladeshi politician who is serving Bangladesh Government as the Minister of Education of Bangladesh since January 2019. She served Bangladesh as Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed the first female Foreign Minister on 6th January 2009 after a landslide victory for the Awami League-led Grand Alliance on 29 December 2008. She is currently working as an Education minister of Bangladesh.

Dipu Moni is a daughter of MA Wadud, who was a founding member of the Bangladesh Awami League and known especially for his role in the Language Movement and as the first Council-elected General Secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra League. She passed HSC from Holy Cross College, Dhaka. She studied MBBS at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and LLB at Bangladesh National University. She later earned a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and earned a Master of Laws at the University of London as an external student. She had completed a course on Negotiations and Conflict Resolutions from Harvard University. Moreover, she is a lawyer of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.

Political Career:

Dipu Moni was the Secretary for Women’s Affairs and a Member of the Sub‐Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bangladesh Awami League before her induction to 

the cabinet. She represented Chandpur‐3  as a Member of Bangladesh Parliament. She worked for women’s rights and entitlements, health legislation, health policy and management, health financing, strategic planning, and health and human rights under the Constitution and law in Bangladesh’s economic and social development programmes and foreign policy issues of the region and globally. As a Minister of Foreign Affairs, she has represented her government’s position to the Cabinet Ministers and public representatives of Asia, Europe, and the USA, Ambassadors and Senior Representatives of International Institutions. As the foreign minister, she sought an apology for the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide from Pakistan. She also tried to bring the absconding killers of President Sheikh Mujib. She is the present Awami League Joint General Secretary. She was elected chairman of Asian University for Women in 2016. She is the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs.

Dr. Dipu Moni, the First ever female education minister:

Dr. Moni is the first female education minister of the country. In the 2008 general election, Moni was also the first female to become a foreign minister.

According to the Education Ministry website, from 1971 till now, a total of 33 people ran the ministry and Moni is the first female minister.

Dr. Moni became MP for the first time in the 9th general election in 2008 from the Chandpur 3 constituency. During her time as foreign minister, Bangladesh had gained a huge victory in the international maritime boundary dispute with neighboring countries.

After becoming MP in the 10th parliamentary session she was the chairman of the Foreign Ministry related Parliamentary Committee.

Personal Life:

Dr. Dipu Moni is married to Tawfique Nawaz, an Oxbridge educated Senior Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. They have one son, Tawquir Rashaad Nawaz and a daughter, Tani Deepavali Nawaz.

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