Rowshan Ershad
রওশন এরশাদ
Ershad in 2016
5th Leader of the Opposition
In office
9 September 2019 – 10 January 2024
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byHussain Mohammad Ershad
Succeeded byHussain Mohammad Ershad
In office
9 January 2014 – 3 January 2019
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byKhaleda Zia
Succeeded byHussain Mohammad Ershad
Member of Parliament
In office
12 January 2014 – 10 January 2024
Preceded byMotiur Rahman
Succeeded byMohit Ur Rahman Shanto
In office
23 June 1996 – 15 July 2001
Preceded byA. K. M. Fazlul Haque
Succeeded byDelwar Hossain Khan Dulu
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
21 November 2013[1][2] – 6 January 2014
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byA.F.M Ruhal Haque
Succeeded byMohammed Nasim
3rd First Lady of Bangladesh
In office
11 December 1983 – 6 December 1990
PresidentHussain Mohammad Ershad
Preceded byKhaleda Zia
Succeeded byAnowara Begum (acting)
Chief Patron
Assumed office
28 January 2024
LeaderRowshan Ershad (disputed with GM Quader since 28 January 2024)
Preceded byGM Quader
Personal details
Born (1943-07-19) 19 July 1943 (age 80)
Political partyJatiya Party (Ershad)
Hussain Mohammad Ershad
(m. 1956; died 2019)

Begum Rowshan Ershad (born 19 July 1943)[3] is a Jatiya Party politician froom Bangladesh. She was the former Jatiya Sangsad member from the Mymensingh-4 constituency and the former Leader of the Opposition in the 11th parliament.[4][5][6] She is the Chief Patron of the Jatiya Party (Ershad) and the wife of former Bangladesh president Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

Political career

As the First Lady during 1982–1990, Ershad was active in social welfare and in promoting the rights of women and children. She was the chief patron of the Bangladesh Jatiya Mohila Sangstha.[7]

In 1975, Ershad became the founder-president of the Sena Paribar Kalyan Samity (Armed Forces Family Welfare Association). She attended the UN Special Convention on Drug Abuse in 1985.[7]

In November 2023, Ershad announced she would not participate at the 2024 Bangladeshi general election.[8]

Rowshan with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 in Dhaka

Personal life

Rowshan married Hussain Muhammad Ershad in 1956.[9] Together they had a son, Saad Ershad, and a daughter, Jebin.[9]


  1. ^ "Won't stay minister long: Rowshan". 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. ^ "28 ministers out, effectively". Dhaka Tribune. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  3. ^ "Constituency 149_11th_En". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  4. ^ "List of 11th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ বিরোধী দলীয় নেতা রওশন, উপনেতা জিএম কাদের. The Daily Star Bangla (in Bengali). 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  6. ^ Miazee, Manik (6 January 2014). "Rowshan Ershad to be opposition leader". Dhaka Tribune.
  7. ^ a b President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad, First Lady Begum Raushan Ershad - Pamphlet. Padma Printers Bangladesh. pp. 28–31.
  8. ^ "Raushan Ershad decides not to join polls". Prothomalo. 2023-11-29. Retrieved 2023-11-30.
  9. ^ a b "Ershad passes away". The Daily Star. 2019-07-14. Retrieved 2019-07-14.