Dr. Dipu Moni, MP
MBBS (DMC), LLB (NU), LLM (London) MPH (Johns Hopkins)
Dr. Dipu Moni is the first woman Foreign Minister of
Bangladesh. She is also one of the two Joint Secretaries of the
Bangladesh Awami League.
Before her induction to the cabinet, Dr. Dipu 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. Dr. Dipu Moni represents Chandpur‐3 as a Member of
Prior to her current assignment, her principal focus had been women's rights and entitlements,
health legislation, health policy and management, health financing, strategic planning, and
social development programmes and foreign policy issues of the region and beyond. Over the
past twelve years Dr. Dipu 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 programmes, organizes and leads free health service clinics with a pool of
qualified physicians, and promotes legislation on key issues.
Educated at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Dhaka Medical College‐the
country's premier Medical School, and at the University of London, Dipu Moni has undertaken
specialized courses at Johns Hopkins and a course at Harvard on Negotiations and Conflict
Dipu Moni is an avid protagonist of representative politics and women's participation in the
political decision‐making process. She is one of the two Master Trainers for Women political
Activists of the Party and 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.
Dr. Dipu Moni is the daughter of the late M.A. Wadud, close associate of Bangabandhu and H.S.
Suhrawardy in the struggle for democracy and the rights of Bangalees. Mr. Wadud was a
founding member of the Awami League and is known especially for his role in the Language
Movement and as the first Council‐elected General Secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra
League. Mr. Wadud suffered imprisonment on several occasions during his political life. After
the assassination of the Father of the Nation, upon his refusal to accept a Cabinet position, he
was imprisoned by the military government.
With Dr. Dipu Moni as the Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has taken
significant steps in resolving different issues with the neighbours, both bilaterally and through
multilateral mechanisms. Recently it was unanimously decided by the members of the BIMSTEC
that the Secretariat of the intergovernmental organisation would be established in Dhaka. This
is the first time that the Secretariat of an international or intergovernmental organisation is
being set up in Bangladesh. Under the leadership of Dr. Dipu Moni, Foreign Office played the
lead role in process of repatriation of labourers of Bangladesh from Libya who were facing risks
there. During the last two and half years, the close bonding with the South Asian countries got
stronger and reaffirmed, and the Foreign Minister led the initiative at her level. The adoption of
the SAARC Charter of Democracy, proposed by Bangladesh, in the 16th SAARC Summit is an
example of the active role played by the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry under the leadership of
Dr. Dipu Moni.
Dipu Moni is married to Tawfique Nawaz, one of two Oxbridge educated Senior Advocates of
the Bangladesh Supreme Court, Head of an internationally reputed law firm and a parampara
(generational) exponent of at least a 2000 year old Indian Classical Musical form, namely Alaap,
on the Grande Flute. They have one son, Tawquir Rashaad, 22, a law student at the University
of London, a winner of the UCL Global Excellence Scholarship from the region comprising the
Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, also a parampara exponent of Alaap on the Grande
Flute and one daughter, Tani Deepavali, 17, a concert Alaapiya on the violin.
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