Ivy Rahman

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Ivy Rahman
Born Jebun Nahar Ivy
(1934-07-07)July 7, 1934
Bhairab Upazila, Kishoreganj District, East Bengal, British India (now in Bangladesh)
Died August 24, 2004(2004-08-24) (aged 70)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Resting place Banani Graveyard[1]
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Political party Bangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s) Zillur Rahman (m. 1958–2004)

Ivy Rahman (née Jebun Nahar Ivy; 7 July 1934[1] – 24 August 2004) was a Bangladeshi politician. She was the Women's Affairs secretary of Awami League. She was killed in the 2004 Dhaka grenade attack.[1][2]


Ivy was the founding organizing secretary of Awami League's Women's wing,[3] Mohila Awami League, established by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1969.[1] She was elected Women Affairs Secretary of Awami League Central Working Committee in 1978 and 2 years later she became the President of Mohila Awami League. She had served in those positions until 2002.[1]

From 1996 to 2001, Ivy served as the chair of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha and Bangladesh Jatiya Mohila Samabaya Samity. She was the President of Mohila Samity and General Secretary of Bangladesh Andhakalyan Samity until her death.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ivy was born in Bhairab Upazila, Kishoreganj District.[1] She was the fifth among the eleven children of the Principal of Dhaka College, Jalal Uddin Ahmed. Her mother is Hasina Begum.[1] Her elder sister Shamsur Nahar Siddique is the mother-in-law of Bangladesh Awami League politician Sheikh Rehana.[1] She married fellow Awami League politician Zillur Rahman on 27 June 1958,[1] when she was 24 years old and he was 29 years old. Zillur Rahman became the 15th President of Bangladesh in 2009. They had two daughters - Tania and Monia and one son - Nazmul Hasan.[1] Her son Nazmul Hasan Papon is an Awami League member of parliament and president of Bangladesh Cricket Board.[4]


On 21 August 2004, Ivy Rahman was present at an Awami League political rally in Dhaka.[5] After the speech by Sheikh Hasina ended, terrorists launched a co-ordinated grenade attack on the Awami league leaders.[6] Ivy Rahman was injured in the grenade blast, and both of her legs were blown off. After 3 days, she died on 24 August 2004, in the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. She was buried in Banani Graveyard. [7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Country crippled in hartal, Rail links collapse; cops club CPB leader Selim; today's hartal curtailed to 1pm". The Daily Star. 25 August 2004. 
  2. ^ "7 years and counting, Aug 21, 2004 grenade attack cases stall at Speedy Trial Tribunal". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Bhattacharjee, Partha Pratim; Adhikary, Tuhin Shubhra. "Not dead, not living either". The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Staff Correspondent. "Ivy Rahman's anniversary of death today". thedailystar.net. thedailystar.net. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ivy Rahman's anniversary of death today". The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "That was first ever govt sponsored hit: Suranjit". The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Prime minister attends Ivy Rahman’s Milad | Dhaka Tribune". www.dhakatribune.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.