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And 27 years since then, Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem is confident that opting to hold the red and green flag high was a correct decision.

Saida Muna Tasneem said, “Only six women would work at the foreign ministry when I joined, that is, just 3 per cent of the officers there.”

“In this job we often have to spend long times away from our parents, husbands and children. It can be difficult balancing between work and family. It would be almost impossible without the strong support and sacrifice of our families.”

“During my career I never felt I was being judged as a woman. It was my merit, hard work and commitment to the profession that has brought me this far. Various foreign secretaries and senior colleagues have helped me along the way over the past two decades.”

She added, “I am grateful to the prime minster because she gave me this opportunity to serve as high commissioner.”

In 2014 and 2015 human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal had created a humanitarian crisis in the region.

During the period, around 1,600 Bangladeshis were released from detention in Thailand and send back home. All of them had been victims of human trafficking.

Saida Muna Tasneem feels it was a significant achievement to be able to return these ill-fated persons to their families.

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