Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament for the second time. She is the first ever woman Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament. She is a Member of the 10th Parliament of Bangladesh (24 Rangpur-6) from Bangladesh Awami League. She was also Member of 9th Parliament. Shirin was the State Minister for Women & Children Affairs (2009-2013). Serving in the said position Shirin actively engaged in promoting gender equality and women empowerment. National Women Development Policy 2010, Children Policy 2011 and Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 were formulated under her leadership.
Formerly she was the International Affairs Secretary of the Central Committee of Bangladesh Awami League. Dr. Shirin is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Enrolled with Bangladesh Bar Council, Shirin had been a practicing lawyer for the last sixteen years.
Having obtained Commonwealth Scholarship, Shirin completed Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy in Law) in year 2000 from University of Essex, United Kingdom. Her Thesis is on “The Right to Life”. Her area of specialization is Constitutional Law and Human Rights. Shirin completed LL.B (Honours) and LL.M. from University of Dhaka, securing First Class First position. She secured first position in the Dhaka Board SSC (Humanities) Examination and second position in Dhaka Board HSC (Humanities) Examination in the Combined Merit List.
Dr. Chaudhury has conducted many cases on violation of human rights involving constitutional issues. Dr. Chaudhury was a panel lawyer for Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2008-2009. Legal area of her practice involves cases on Judicial Review by way of Writs. She also worked on Sustainable Development area- Gender Issues; Pro-bono Public Interest Litigation; issues concerning Human Securities and Right to Life.
Dr. Shirin Chaudhury has teaching experience as Resource Person in BRAC University on Human Rights and also in Dhaka International University on Human Rights and Public International Law.
She also worked with many human rights organizations and women rights organizations in promoting the cause of rights based approach. She developed dialogue/concept papers etc. with various relevant NGO's and Human Rights organizations on human rights issues. Dr. Shirin S. Chaudhury was the Editor of Bangladesh Legal Decisions (BLD), Law Report Series published by Bangladesh Bar Council. (2003-2009 (July) Edition).
Dr. Shirin was awarded Asia Society’s Humanitarian Service Award on 09 June 2010 in recognition of her role as a leader in advocating the elimination of violence against women and mainstreaming women’s empowerment and employment in Bangladesh. Dr. Chaudhury received this award from Ambassador Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women Issues in a gala award ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC.
She has participated in many national, regional and international seminars and conferences on issues relating to human rights, inclusive & sustainable development and gender. Dr. Chaudhury received Commonwealth Gender Chair on behalf of Bangladesh for year 2010-2011.
Dr. Chaudhury is married to Syed Ishtiaque Hossain, who is a Pharmacist (Pharmaceutical Consultant). She is the mother of two lovely children, daughter Lamisa (19) and son Ibtesham (10).