SHEIKH HASINA: HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A WOMAN, A LEADER
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s becoming 10th among the Fortune magazine’s latest list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders is one of a dozen other awards and recognitions she has received in the last couple of years.
The US-based magazine says Hasina has deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights.
In December last year, Hasina was named one of the world’s top 100 leading thinkers listed by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based magazine. She secured the place in “Decision Makers” category for her outstanding contribution to addressing climate change.
On September 27 last year, Hasina received the UN’s “Champions of the Earth” in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to combat the adverse impacts of climate change. United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner handed her the award at a gala reception.
She received the “ICT Sustainable Development Award” from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the UN Headquarters on September 26 last year. She was recognised for her contributions to promoting the use of ICTs for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hasina was ranked at 59th among the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015” by US-based magazine Forbes on May 26 last year. She secured 47th position in 2014.
Forbes selected 100 of the most influential women from eight categories or power bases: billionaires, businesses, celebrities, finance, media, philanthropy and intergovernmental organisations, politics and technology.
On November 21, 2014, the premier was honoured with “South South Cooperation Visionary Award” of the UN for her contribution in expanding IT, ensuring healthcare to grassroots level, improvement of society’s distress people through safety net programme and success in poverty alleviation.
Hasina, serving as the president of the Awami League since 1981, received the “Tree of Peace” memento from Unesco in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promotion of girls’ and women’s education, on September 8, 2014.
On June 13, 2013, on behalf of the government of Bangladesh, the premier was invited by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation for halving the incidence of hunger well ahead before target year 2015.
On June 8 the same year, Hasina received Rotary Peace Prize at the Platinum Jubilee of Rotary International District 3280. It was a recognition of her endeavour to promote peace among communities and across the globe.
MARCH 10, 2016