|Foreign Minister of Bangladesh|
6 January 2009 – 20 November 2013
|Prime Minister||Sheikh Hasina|
|Preceded by||Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury|
|Succeeded by||A. H. Mahmud Ali|
|Political party||Bangladesh Awami League|
|Alma mater||Dhaka Medical College
University of London
Johns Hopkins University
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Dipu Moni is a Bangladeshi politician who served as the 16th Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed the first female Foreign Minister in 6 January 2009 after a landslide victory for the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in 29 December 2008.
Personal life and education
Moni's is the late M.A. Wadud who was a founding member of the Awami League. Moni is married to Tawfique Nawaz, a Senior Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. They have one son, Tawquir Rashaad and a daughter, Tani Deepavali Nawaz. Dipu Moni studied MBBS at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and LLB at Bangladesh National University. She later studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and at the University of London. She has undertaken specialized courses on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution at Johns Hopkins and a course at Harvard.
Early political career
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 party's position to the Cabinet Ministers and public representatives of Asia, Europe and the USA, Ambassadors and Senior Representatives of International Institutions. She writes, teaches, consults, researches, conducts advocacy programmes, organizes and leads health service clinics, promotes legislation on key issues.
She is one of two Master Trainers for Women political Activists of the Party in which regard she has trained women political activists under a programme of her party that she helped design and implement in a close relationship with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the United States.
As a Minister of Foreign Affairs Moni had been widely criticized by different news media because of her frequent overseas visits. According to some news reports, she made 187 foreign trips and 600 days of overseas stay in four and a half years. Although Moni argued that the reports were published without caring about facts, which goes against the concept of fair and courageous journalism.
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Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury
|Minister of Foreign Affairs
A. H. Mahmud Ali