Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury

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The Honourable
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
শিরীন শারমিন চৌধুরী
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Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad
Assumed office
30 April 2013
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Deputy Fazle Rabbi Miah
Preceded by Abdul Hamid
State minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (Bangladesh)
In office
6 January 2009 – 30 April 2013
Personal details
Born (1966-10-06) October 6, 1966 (age 47)
Political party Bangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s) Syed Ishtiaque Hossain
Residence Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma mater
Religion Islam

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury (Bengali: শিরীন শারমিন চৌধুরী) (born 6 October 1966) is the current and the first woman Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad since April 2013.[1] At 46 years of age, she is the youngest to assume the office.[1] She previously served as the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shirin was born on 6 October 1966. Her father, Rafiqullah Chaudhury, was a Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) officer and Secretary to the Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972.[2] Her mother, Naiyar Sultana, was a member of Bangladesh Public Service Commission and the principal of Dhaka College.[1]


Shirin completed her SSC and HSC exams respectively in 1983 and 1985 from Holy Cross Girls' School and College. To study law she joined University of Dhaka and earned her LLB and LLM degrees in 1989 and 1990. She received Commonwealth scholarship to study in University of Essex in UK. In 2000 she earned her PhD degree in constitutional law and human rights.[2]

Political career[edit]

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the International Affairs Secretary of the Awami League, was elected MP from one of the parliamentary seats reserved for women on March 24, 2009 and was State minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (Bangladesh) until her nomination for Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad on April 2013. Her nomination was controversial as she never elected as MP through direct popular voting.

On January 28, 2014 Shirin was elected MP from the Rangpur-6 constituency that had been vacated by the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina after the January 5 elections. Shirin was uncontested in the by-elections and was nominated for Speaker by Awami League the very same day. She took oath as the Speaker of the 10th Parliament on January 29, 2014, becoming the first person to remain Speaker across two consecutive tenures.[3]

She was one of the members of the lawyers’ panel to conduct the cases filed against Sheikh Hasina during the army-backed caretaker government in 2007-08.

Personal life[edit]

Shirin is married to Syed Ishtiaque Hossain, a pharmaceutical consultant.[1] Together they have a daughter Lamisa (b. 1994) and a son Ibtesham (b. 2003). They live in Dhanmondi. [4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Shirin to become first woman Speaker". 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "State Minister's Biography". Ministry of Women and Children Affairs - MoWCA. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Shirin reelected as speaker". Shirin reelected as speaker. January 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Short CV of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury". 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shawkat Ali (acting)
Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad
Succeeded by