Fortnightly magazine, Anannya has conferred the “Anannya Shirshodosh 2016” award last Saturday. To recognise women’s contribution to the society, the jury has awarded 10 women, for their contribution in their respective fields.
The awardees for the year 2016 includes Tasnima Aktar, daughter of a poor farmer in Naogaon, who had been riding horse since she was six and despite of the derogatory comments and roadblocks from her surroundings, she has started to participate in different riding competitions from the age of nine. Tasnima hit the newspaper headlines for her achievements lately, and has become the talk of the country overnight. The magazine has honoured her with the award for her uncompromising bravery.
Selina Hayat Ivy, mayor of the Narayanganj City Corporation was acknowledged for her contribution in politics and leadership, while Dr Perween Hasan, vice-chancellor of Central Women’s University, has received the award for her contribution to the country’s education,
Bangladesh National Women Football Team forward, Sabina Khatun has been conferred the award for her contribution in sports.
For her contribution in scientific research, Professor Zeba Islam Seraj from Dhaka University has received the award, while Women with Disabilities Development Foundation’s executive director, Ashrafun Nahar Misti was recognised for her activism in disability rights.
Moreover, Surma Zahid was awarded in the Liberation War research, Bashonti Murmu, a Joypurhat-based indigenous women-children organisation founder earned the award in indigenous rights activism, while actress Saberi Alam and a craftsman of Magura, Nisha Rani Malakar earned the award for their contribution in acting and artistry respectively.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury handed over the awards at the ceremony, held in the capital’s Krishibid Institution auditorium. Poet and lawmaker, Kazi Rozi, along with noted researcher Prof Rounaq Jahan, and Anannya magazine editor and publisher Tasmima Hossain, were present in the ceremony among others.
Conferred to around 240 women of the country to date, Anannya
has been recognising the contributions of women in the society through the award giving ceremony since 1993.