Bangladesh Mohila Awami League

Bangladesh Mohila Awami League is the women wing of Bangladesh Awami League. Shafia Khatun is the President and Mahmuda Begum is the General Secretary of the League.[1][2] Mahmuda Begum was a member of parliament from the women's reserved seat in the 10th Jatiya Sangshad session.[3] The Mohila League has infrequent elections for local and national positions, and witnesses fractional conflicts.

Bangladesh Mohila Awami League
Formation25 February 1969
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
Safia Khatun


Bangladesh Mohila Awami League was established on 25 February 1969.[4] Nurjahan Murshid was the first President of Mohila Awami League, serving from 1969 to 1971, and would go on to become first health Minister of Bangladesh.[5] On 12 July 2003, the Bangladesh Mohila Awami League held its council in which Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf, a former member of the Mukti Bahini, was elected president and Fazilatunnesa Indira was elected general secretary.[3][6] On 24 December 2004, a Mohila Awami League meeting at the home of Syeda Jebunnesa Haque, former Member of Parliament, in Sylhet was bombed by Islamic extremists.[7][8]

President of Mohila League, Ivy Rahman, was killed in the 2004 Dhaka grenade attack.[9] Mohila Awami League activists were clubbed and arrested on 25 August 2004 while protesting against 2004 bomb attack.[10] Chittagong unit of Mohila Awami League occupied the land of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation in 2009 to establish their office.[11]

On 16 February 2017, the Chittagong City unit of Bangladesh Mohila Awami League held its council in the King of Chittagong community centre. The council saw clashes between fractions led by Hasina Mohiuddin and Nomita Aich. The last council of the city unit was held in 1998. In the 1998 council, Nilufar Kaisar was elected president and Tapoti Sen Gupta was elected general secretary of the unit. Kaiser was the wife of Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser, a Bangladesh Awami League leader. After the death of Kaiser, Hasina Mohiuddin, wife of A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury and vice-president of Bangladesh Mohila Awami League, became the acting president.[12]

On 4 March 2017, the Bangladesh Mohila Awami League held its national council, the first time since 12 July 2003. Shafia Khatun was elected President of the League while Mahmuda Begum was elected General Secretary. They have a term of three years.[13] On 25 October 2018, Khaleda Khanom, General Secretary of Jhenidah District unit of Mohila League, sued Barrister Moinul Hossain for 5 billion taka for defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti. A number of other Awami League activists sued Moinul.[14]


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  14. ^ "3 more defamation cases filed against Mainul". Retrieved 25 January 2019.