Founder and CEO
With 15 years of experience restoring youth, women empowerment, and social change, Ms. Tawhida Shiropa, the CEO and Founder of Moner Bondhu, started Moner Bondhu in 2016 with a strong passion for offering affordable and accessible mental healthcare services for everyone in Bangladesh. She has been a mental health activist for the entirety of her career and has taken many innovative approaches to help people speak about psychosocial issues and to raise awareness. She is an entrepreneur, young leader, mental health advocate, and popular columnist as a relationship expert. Her startup has provided mental health and well-being support to more than 4 million people and 300+ national and international organizations in Bangladesh.
Very recently under her leadership Moner Bondhu won the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge Award 2022 and was awarded 100,000 euros.
She is a certified NLP practitioner and led more than a hundred training programs on mental health and wellbeing. During Covid-19 Pandemic, her organization provided one-to-one counseling to 32000 people across Bangladesh and 10 foreign countries supported by UNDP Covid-19 Crisis Response Project.
In February 2020, she took part in the U.S. Department of State's prestigious exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) there she got a chance to take classes from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas, and Temple University. She is also an Acumen fellow of the year 2020.
Along with Ms.Tawhida Shiropa had ten years of experience with the leading newspaper of Bangladesh and published more than 8500 articles on gender, mental health, education, youth engagement, awareness building, success, human stories, and lifestyle.
Because of her tremendous contribution during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Shiropa was rewarded with honors and prestigious acknowledgments. Ms.Shiropa was recognized as a “COVID-19 Hero” in 2020. She was awarded “Young Humanitarian of The Year” in the Mental Health category at “A Better Tomorrow CSR Awards 2021” by The Daily Star and CSR Window Bangladesh. She received this prestigious award for extraordinary efforts to make a difference through extensive work in the mental health sector in Bangladesh. She also won the 1st runner-up in the UN Women WEPs Awards 2021 Youth Leadership Category. The UN Women WEPs Awards recognize individuals and businesses that promote a gender-inclusive business culture and the achievement of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific.
Tawhida Shiropa is an alumna of Bucerius Summer School in Germany. She joined this prestigious fellowship in 2022. Shiropa also completed a one-year fellowship from Cherie Blair Foundation on a women's program about women in business in 2022.
In September 2022, She won the GGEF Women Eco Game Changer Award -Winner (Healthcare Game Changer), this award was issued by Asia's first Awards that promote Sustainability & Women empowerment-GGEF- Global Green Economic Foundation. Her organization was the Champion-CWCDH- 5th Commonwealth Digital Health awards 2022. As One stop covid crisis platform- During Covid Moner Bondhu brought many innovations and interventions in the mental health area. In June 2022 The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh gave her the “Woman of Inspiration Award 2022” category in the Personal Accomplishment category. The award was presented to honor the extraordinary women who lead by example, live on purpose, and inspire others to be more.
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