The Emerging Role of Women in the Civil Service (Administration) of Bangladesh: An Introspective Analysis from 1971

This book “The Emerging Role of Women in the Civil Service (Administration) of Bangladesh: An Introspective Analysis from 1971” is virtually the dissertation of Dr. Shelina Afroza while she pursued a PhD course in the University of Karachi, Pakistan (2005-2008). As one of the first few women Officers joined in BCS (Administration) Cadre in 1982 (Special) batch, Dr. Afroza attempted to analyze what she saw as a probationer and the subsequent changes encountered pertaining to the women Officers.

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About The Author

Ms. Shelina Afroza

Ms. Shelina Afroza PhD is Additional Secretary to the Government and presently serving as Director General, National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. She did her Masters with Honors' in History form Dhaka University (1977) and M Phil from Calcutta University (1996). Ms. Shelina became member of Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration) cadre in 1982 (Special) batch and earned varied experiences. During the whole career, she served in the Dhaka Collectorate, Ministry of Local Government, Gazipur Collectorate, Ministry of foreign Affairs, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, Power Division, Ministry of Energy and Power, Ministry of Industries, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh Embassy Moscow, Russia and Bangladesh High Commission Ottawa, Canada in different capacities. Ms. Shelina is daughter of Late Dr. Nazibur Rahman and Mrs. Hasina Rahman of Kushtia. She is married to Md. Abdul Hannan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Geneva. They have two sons, Nabil Ayon Hannan, Director of Vulnerability Assessments and Managing Consultant, Cigital in Boston, and Sharjil Apon Hannan, studying Economics in Boston University. She loves music, reading, writing, travelling and cooking. She wrote three books in Bengali ("Chorittrogulo Kalponik Noy Bastob", "Gorbe Amar Chokhey Jol" and "Tobu Mone Rekho") mainly focused on the anecdotes of her personal and family life.

Particularly, the interesting findings revealed that the “taboo of women shouldn’t be in BCS (Administration) Cadre” has been totally changed. But, the discrimination in terms of attitude (mainly socio-religious), on the job facilities and the legal provisions are yet to be balanced if not women friendly. Most interestingly, women’s acceptability and contribution is now a reality. They are seen to be in all the tiers of the government. In fact, women are visible in the mainstream administration as an empowered force. Although, Dr. Afroza faced huge problem of paucity of data and resource materials and publications on the topic, in the course of time, possibly, any interested researchers won’t face much problem now. However, this book might be a very useful reference and interesting reading.


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