Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP
Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee
Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh

Biography

Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP is the first woman Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament and has experience of working with Commonwealth countries and governments. She was involved in implementing the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action and held the Commonwealth Gender Chair for two years. Bangladesh hosted the 10th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers’ Meeting in 2013 under her leadership. 

As State Minister for Women and Children, Dr Chaudhury promoted gender equality and contributed in formulating National Women Development Policy, Children Policy and Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act. As a Commonwealth Scholar she completed Doctor of Philosophy in Law from University of Essex, UK (2000) and was conferred an Honorary Ph.D. (2014). Shirin was awarded Asia Society’s Humanitarian Services Award in 2010 for her role in preventing violence against women and has been a practicing Advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court since 2009.

Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP was elected as the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee in October 2014 for a three-year term during the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and General Assembly of the CPA.

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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is one of the oldest established organisations in the Commonwealth. The CPA, founded in 1911, is a membership association which brings together Members, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, who are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by the pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy. The Association is made up of over 180 Branches across the nine regions of the Commonwealth. It offers a vast opportunity for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to collaborate on issues of mutual interest and to share good practice. 

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The CPA Chairperson's Speeches and Articles


Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Chairperson calls for all Parliamentarians to work together to address global inequalities as she addresses MPs at 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangladesh  

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh was given the rare privilege of addressing the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) when it took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017. 

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Chairperson and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) speak to Members of Parliament and young people in Scotland about importance of the Commonwealth ‘post-Brexit’ during visit to CPA Scotland Branch in Commonwealth week 2017 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan have visited the Scotland Branch of the CPA at the Scottish Parliament during a week-long celebration of the importance of the Commonwealth, following Commonwealth Day 2017. 

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Speech of CPA Chairperson, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, at the launch of the CPA Roadshows in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 March 2016

"I am delighted to launch the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)’s new CPA Roadshows here in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The CPA Roadshows will visit schools and universities across the Commonwealth and bring visitors into parliaments and legislatures to help to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy.

As Parliamentarians, we have a duty and responsibility to all our citizens – young and old – to stay connected and to represent their views as elected representatives.

The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to discuss the issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in advancing democracy across the Commonwealth.

During a recent survey of UK school children by the Commonwealth Exchange, only 23% of young people could correctly select three Commonwealth nations and nearly 50% said they had not learnt about the Commonwealth in school. (2015 survey report ‘Saved by the Bell’ by the Commonwealth Exchange). The CPA Roadshows help to address the lack of awareness of young people about the Commonwealth. 

With the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries having a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age, the CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote democracy.

I am delighted to launch the CPA Roadshows as the CPA Chairperson and the Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament on behalf of the CPA today. Young people are the future of the Commonwealth and today the CPA is working to give you a platform to raise issues that impact on your lives to our network of Parliamentarians from over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments as the CPA Roadshows engage young people in democracy.

Supporting Youth
This year, in November 2016, the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will be held in British Columbia in Canada and I know that already, there has been enormous interest by our young people to be involved in this endeavour.

As the CPA Roadshows embark on visits to schools, colleges and universities across the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, we encourage all Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth to become involved in the CPA Roadshows and look forward to hearing from and engaging with young people on parliament and democracy." 


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