The award giving ceremony was held at the Main Auditorium of National Museum at Shahbagh
Ananya, a fortnightly feminist magazine of Bangladesh, on Saturday handed over ‘Ananya Shirsha Dosh Awards’ among the ten winners for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
The award giving ceremony was held at the Main Auditorium of National Museum at Shahbagh.
The award recipients are Dr Sayeba Akhter (Medical Scientist) Parveen Mahmud (Management and ddevelopment) Shamsunnahar (Administration) Lailee Bagum, (Journalism), Afroza Khan (Women Entrepreneur), Sona Rani Roy (Homecraft), Najmun Nahar (Traveler), Sweety Das Chowdhury(Dance artist), Rumana Ahmed (Sports), Fatema Khatun (Technology).
A documentary was displayed on their contributions at the event.
The editor of Ananya Magazine, Tasmima Hossain, in her welcome speech, praised the 10 women who showed excellence in their respective arenas.
She said, “Women are always capable of accomplishing wonders. The recipients of this award are the proof.”
Ekushey Padak-winning actress Suborna Mustafa attended the event as the chief guest.
Fortnightly Ananya Magazine has been in publication for 31 years and since 1993, the publication holds Ananya Top Ten award annually to acknowledge women for their outstanding contributionsto their respective fields.
Dr Sayeba Akhter is recognized worldwide for her invention of a process named Sayeba's Method, which helps save the lives of pregnant women. She was awarded for her contribution to medical science.
Lailee Bagum, a journalist from Kurigram, was awarded for her fearless and tenacious reportingof social and political issues. She continued her career after getting married in a family where the people could not accept this girl as a journalist.
Sweety Das Chowdhury and Sona Rani Roy were both honoured for their contribution in taking Bangladeshi culture to the world platform. Sweety is a Monipuri dancer who studied the art at Rabinda Bhatati University in India and has been performing and developing the art for over seven years.
Sona Rani is a handicrafts worker whose Nakshi Katha, the traditional Bengali embroidered quilt, made its place in international weaving festivals.
Dr Sayeba Akhter, medical scientist
Dr Sayeba invented “Sayeba’s Method,” a simple and inexpensive way of stopping excessive bleeding during childbirth. This method is now part of government programs in multiple countries. In 2011, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists awarded her an honorary degree for her innovation.
Parveen Mahmud, managing director, Grameen Telecom Trust
In 2011, Parveen Mahmud was appointed as the first female president of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. She is deeply involved in humanitarian causes, especially in helping underprivileged women.
Shamsunnahar, superintendent of police, Gazipur
Shamsunnahar has been awarded the United Nations Peace Medal a total of seven times till now for her contribution to the UN. When she was stationed in Chandpur, Shamsunnahar played an important role in stopping child marriage and violence against women in the area. She was a high ranking official in Italy under United Nations from 2011-2014.
Afroza Khan, entrepreneur
Afroza established Khan’s Kitchen, the biggest kitchen in South Asia. Her high tech kitchen provides healthy foods to thousands of people every day. World-renowned chef Tony Khan is a collaborator in this endeavour of hers. Since its inauguration in September 2017, Khan’s Kitchen has been growing and expanding every year, serving as an inspiration to many women who want to have their own businesses.
Laili Begum, journalist
Laili Begum has faced all forms of scrutiny and discrimination for being a woman in journalism. She has been threatened and harassed for pursuing leads, but she never allowed that to slow her down. She was nominated for the Salma Sobhan Fellowship Program for Women in Journalism in 2003. Her work has helped ease poverty for many and feature women who survived the many horrors of the 1971 Liberation War.
Sona Rani Roy, craftswoman
Sona Rani Roy’s nakshi kantha won best place at International Handicrafts Fair in Spain. She has also entered and won praise for her work at various other international competitions. Sona Rani hails from Dinajpur and has recruited women in her area to produce more nakshi kantha, which is helping them become financially independent.
Rumana Ahmed, captain, Bangladesh Cricket Team
Rumana made her T20I career debut against the Ireland women's cricket team on August 28, 2012. In June 2018, she was part of Bangladesh's squad that won their first ever Women's Asia Cup title, winning the 2018 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup tournament. Later the same month, she was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. She was the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the tournament, with ten dismissals in five matches.
Sweety Das Chowdhury, Manipuri dancer
Sweety Das mastered the art of Manipuri dance after graduating from Biswa Bharati University. She learned dancing from some of the greats, and taught for nearly seven years. She has not only found new life in performing Manipuri dances, she has revolutionized the art itself.
Nazmun Nahar, traveller
Nazmun, the first Bangladeshi globetrotter to use the moniker “flag girl”, has traveled to 125 countries and wants to have travelled to 200 nations before Bangladesh turns 50 years old. All by herself she has braved the Sahara desert and the dense jungles of Africa. She has traveled to almost every country in Asia and Europe by road. Wherever she has gone, she has proudly carried Bangladesh’s flag.
Fatema Khatun, Microsoft ambassador
Fatema used to be a house maid who almost became a child bride. But Ashar Alo Pathshala saved her and gave her computer education. Along with that, she started learning the English language. Her strengths have made her the representative of marginalized Bangladeshi women, especially in Kurigram, her home district. Fatema was made into a Microsoft brand ambassador. Microsoft has made a documentary featuring her as well.