President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya
Begum Rokeya Day is being observed on Monday, to mark her 139th birth and 87th death anniversary.
The Women and Children Affairs Ministry, Begum Rokeya Foundation, Dhaka University’s Rokeya Hall and various socio-cultural and political organizations have arranged elaborate programs to mark the day, reports UNB.
Marking the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya.
Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain was a pioneer in the fight for securing women's rights in the subcontinent.
She was born on December 9, 1880 at Pairaband village in Rangpur and passed away on the same date in 1932.
Begum Rokeya was a Bengali feminist thinker, writer, educationist, social activist, advocate of women's rights, and widely regarded as the pioneer of women's education in the Indian subcontinent, particularly Muslim women, during the time of the British rule.
The ministry nominated five women for the prestigious Rokeya Padak this year in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society and women empowerment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the Padak at a program in Osmani Memorial Auditorium. This year, Begum Selina Khalek, Professor Shamsun Nahar, Papri Basu, Begum Akhtar Jahan, and Dr Nurunnahar Faizunnesa (posthumously) received the Padak.