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5 eminent women to get Begum Rokeya Padak 2019

  • Published at 07:06 pm December 8th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attend as chief guest, and hand out the medals to the recipients and their family members

Five prominent female personalities have been finalized to receive the prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2019, for their outstanding contributions towards the society and women’s empowerment.

The award ceremony, marking the 139th birth and 87th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, will be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Monday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the event as the chief guest and hand out medals to the recipients and their family members.

This year, Begum Selina Khalek, Professor Shamsun Nahar, Papri Basu, Begum Akhtar Jahan, and Dr Nurunnahar Faizunnesa (posthumously) will receive the Begum Rokeya Padak.

Like every year, the Ministry of Children and Women Affairs will organize the event.

The nation celebrates Rokeya Dibosh on December 9 every year, marking the birth anniversary of Begum Rokeya, a Bengali feminist thinker, writer, educationist, and social activist, widely regarded as the pioneer of women’s education in the Indian subcontinent during the British rule.

The government introduced the Begum Rokeya Padak in 1995, which is conferred on five eminent women every year, in order to recognize their immense contribution to empowering women and highlighting women’s issues in society.