The proud daughter of the first President of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will soon to be honoured with the prestigious Global Women’s Leadership Award in Sydney. She will be visiting Australia from Apr 26 to Apr 28.

She will be conferred the privilege in recognition of her outstanding leadership in advancing women’s education and excelling the route for women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, Asia and the Asia-pacific region.

Hasina, who ranked 36th on Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016, has received the invitation to visit Australia by her counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a media briefing on Tuesday. A big champion of women and children’s rights, Hasina will be attending the 2018 Global Summit of Women which focuses on ensuring gender equality in Bangladesh.

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“It’s a lifetime recognition,” the foreign minister said, adding that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was honoured with the award last year, bdnews24.com reported. The others who received the award being former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The award is conferred by US-based NGO Global Summit of Women.

Hasina’s visit will put the spotlight on her government’s initiatives for women empowerment and the highlighting point will be that how to mainstream gender neutrality in the national development.

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After joining active politics, Hasina became a major advocate of democracy.  Even during her visit, Hasina will highlight the focus line on education, sports, human resources development, trade and investment, energy, power, agriculture and ICT among her Australian counterpart. The prime minister had last visited Australia in 2011 to attend the 22nd Commonwealth Summit.

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