The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly has brought a rare occasion for Bangladesh, an instance of the growing presence of women in positions of leadership.
When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's turn came to deliver her speech for the 17th time at the UNGA in Bangla, it was Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, who was chairing the session. Hence the PM was introduced and invited on to the podium by Rabab Fatima.
And Mosammat Shahanara Monica, a Foreign Ministry official, currently Counsellor at Bangladesh Permanent Mission at UN, was the third woman conveying the message of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the English-speaking world.
Earlier, Bangladesh, a flag bearer of multilateralism, was elected as a vice president of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from the Asia-Pacific Region for a one-year term starting September this year.
In her speech, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a six-point proposal highlighting vaccine equity, sustainable recovery from COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate challenges and a renewed call for a solution to the Rohingya crisis.