Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2009.
The International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, announced the award on Thursday.
Hasina has been chosen “for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of democracy and pluralism, her determined drive to alleviate poverty and secure social and economic justice for her people through inclusive and sustainable development and her consistent commitment to peace”.
Hasina participated in the movement of 1969 and was imprisoned during the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.
The assassination of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and other members of her family in 1975 transformed her life and the political landscape of Bangladesh, a release from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust said.
As Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2001, Hasina launched a number of projects for the poor and vulnerable sections of the population, it said.
She promoted peace by resolving a long-standing insurgency in Bangladesh by concluding the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, it added.
“Her global commitment to peace was manifested by her initiative that resulted in the adoption of the first ever Resolution of the UN General Assembly on the Culture of Peace,” the release said.
After her re-election in December 2008, Hasina embarked on her “Vision 2021”, aimed at making Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021 by eliminating poverty and inequality.