Bangladesh Foreign Minister to visit Western

Dr. Dipu Moni, the first woman to be appointed Bangladesh Foreign Minister, will hold a public lecture Monday (Feb. 14) in the Social Sciences Centre (Room 9420) from 2 to 4 p.m.

Before her induction to the cabinet, Moni was Secretary for Women’s Affairs and a Member of the Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bangladesh Awami League. She is a qualified physician and draws upon advanced qualifications in Public Health and Law and is an Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. Moni represents Chandpur-3 as a Member of Parliament.

Until now the principal focus of her work has been 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 programs and foreign policy issues of the region and globally.

Over the past ten years, Moni has represented her leader and party’s position to 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 programs, organizes and leads free health service clinics with a pool of qualified physicians, and promotes legislation on key issues.

Moni is an avid protagonist of representative politics and women’s participation in the political decision-making process. 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 program of her party that she helped design and implement in a close relationship with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the United States.