Dipu Moni

University of London


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Dipu Moni

Dipu Moni is the first woman to become the foreign minister of a South Asian country.  She 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.

Moni is a daughter of M.A. Wadud, who was a founding member of the Bangladesh Awami League. She is mother of one son and one daughter. 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 obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London in 2005.  

Since entering politics, Moni's focus has been women’s rights and entitlements, health legislation and human rights.

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.