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Sultana Khan becomes first Bangladeshi to attend special session at Swiss parliament

  • Published at 11:44 pm June 23rd, 2021
Swiss BD MP
Sultana Khan Collected

She bagged the third-highest number of votes to be elected as one of the 25 people from Zurich

Sultana Khan of Zurich has become the first Bangladeshi woman to be elected to attend a special session at the national parliament of Switzerland. 

She is one of 246 people elected from different language tribes to attend the two-day session, scheduled to take place on October 29-30, aimed at the establishment of women's rights.

Her election was confirmed through the results of voting by women voters for the Federal Assembly of Switzerland published on Tuesday.

She had bagged the third-highest number of votes to be elected as one of the 25 people from Zurich.

The session on women’s rights takes place several times every year and passes laws apart from discussions on the matter.


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Born in Dhaka’s Mirpur to SM Rustam Ali and Razia Khatun, Sultana Khan has her ancestral home in Rajbari.

The youngest of seven siblings, she has been living in Zurich with her businessman husband Bakiullah Khan and two sons for a long time.

Thanking all for electing her, Khan has dedicated her success to all her near and dear ones in Bangladesh and Switzerland. 

“I’ll always try to remain vocal about women’s rights. This apart, my efforts will also be focused on the interest of Bangladeshi expatriates in Switzerland,” she said.