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Rokeya Padak handed over to Bibi Russell, Taibun

Update : 09 Dec 2015, 09:03 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has handed over this year's Begum Rokeya Padak to Bibi Russell and Dr Taibun Nahar Rashid.

After inaugurating Begum Rokeya Day, the PM distributed Begum Rokeya Padak 2015 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Wednesday morning.

Bibi Russell herself and Ali Asgor Khurshid, son of late Taibun Nahar, received the awards in the event.

World famous fashion designer Bibi Russell was honoured with the prestigious award for her contribution in aesthetic fashion designing with local component.

And noted educationist, philanthropist and social worker Dr Taibun Nahar Rashid got the award for her outstanding contribution to spreading female education, ensuring women rights and women empowerment.

The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women's liberation movement in the undivided Bengal who was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and mostly famous for her efforts for gender equality and female education.

The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organised the award giving ceremony with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum delivered the welcome address at the function, while Bibi Russell also spoke expressing her feeling on getting the award. 

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