Sheikh Hasina Wazed ( 28 September 1947) is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009.
Hasina’s political career has spanned more than four decades. She previously served as opposition leader from 1986 to 1990 and 1991 to 1995, Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, and has been leading the Bangladesh Awami League since 1981. In 2008, she returned as Prime Minister with a landslide victory. In January 2014, she became the prime minister for the third term.
Hasina is one of the most powerful women in the world, ranking 36th on Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016. Hasina is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers.
Hasina’s second term (2009 to 2013) as a prime minister is overshadowed by quite a few scandalous incidents like, Padma Bridge Scandal, Hallmark-Sonali Bank Scam, Share market Scandal, Rana Plaza collapse, and Railway Ministry bribery scandal.
Sheikh Hasina was born in Tungipara, East Pakistan on 28 September 1947. She is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, first president of Bangladesh, and Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib. As she said in many interviews that she had grown up in fear due to her father’s political works. During the peak of violence of the 1970 Elections in Pakistan as well as her father’s arrest she had lived in refuge with her grandmother. Saying “I was not allowed to go to the school.While living in self-exile in India after her father and family’s assassination in 1975 (only she and a sister survived as they were in West Germany), Hasina was elected President of the Bangladesh Awami League in 1981.Hasina and the Awami League participated in the 1986 parliamentary elections held under President Ershad. She served as the leader of the opposition in 1986–1987. Hasina’s decision to take part in the election had been criticised by her opponents, since the election was held under the martial law, and the other main opposition group, led by Khaleda Zia, boycotted the poll. However, her supporters maintained that she used the platform effectively to challenge Ershad’s rule.