As Bangladeshis across the world continue to reflect on female empowerment in their context, one ray of light emerges: Brigadier General Nazma Begum. On the 9th of October, she became the country's first female brigadier general from the Army Medical Corps (Healthcare Management). But this is nothing new for her - Nazma has been a trailblazer throughout her career. In the Bangladeshi Army, she was the first female to command a field ambulance. In the Air Force, she was also the first female to command the medical squadron twice. But her service to the country does not end there: Nazma is among the many thousands of Bangladeshis who work as peacekeepers overseas.
In her time in the UN, Nazma was the first female contingent commander in its history. In the various mission areas she has served in, Nazma was the first female in the world to command a level-2 hospital. At the same time, she is the only female in the world to have been made a country senior twice in the UN. We celebrate Brigadier General Nazma today and hope that she continues to re-write history for a long time.