Sheikh Hasina born 28 September 1947, also known by her married name Sheikh Hasina Wazed , is a Bangladeshi politician serving as the 11th Prime Minister of the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, having held the office since January 2009. Having previously served as Prime Minister for five years, she is the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of Bangladesh.
Hasina is the daughter of Bangladesh’s first President and founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the eldest of his five children.Her political career has spanned more than four decades. She previously served as Opposition Leader from 1986 to 1990, and 1991 to 1995, then as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001. She has been leading the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) since 1981.In 2008, she returned as Prime Minister with a landslide victory. In January 2014, she became Prime Minister for a third term in an unopposed election, as it was boycotted by the Opposition, and criticised by international observers. She won a fourth term in December 2018, following an election marred with violence and criticised by the Opposition as being rigged.
Hasina is considered one of the most powerful women in the world, ranking 39th on Forbes Magazine‘ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2020, 26th in 2018,and 30th in 2017.She has also made a list of “top 100 Global Thinkers” of the present decade. Hasina is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former female presidents and prime ministers.Sheikh Hasina was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World of 2018.