The prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak-2016 was conferred to two eminent women personalities— Aroma Dutta and Begum Nur Jahan ‘for their contribution to the society for the development of the country.’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday made the awards in a ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, marking the Begum Rokeya Day. Women and Children Affairs Ministry organised the programme with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki in the chair.
Named after the pioneer of awakening women’s rights in the subcontinent -- Begum Rokeya Padak has been awarded to 39 women since its inception in 1995.
In her address, renewing her call to protect woman rights in every sphere of the public life, the prime said her government made notable success in reducing child marriages in the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now a global role model in woman development.
‘Our women are coming forward in every sector, and it has been made possible because of the the influence of Begum Rokeya,’ she said. The government is also working to facilitate every effort for the development of women, added the PM.
Aroma Dutta and Begum Nur Jahan also expressed their feelings at the programme.
The former leader of Awami League’s Kushtia District unit, Nur Jahan dedicated her life to social work in the region, she made one of the first flag of Bangladesh after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman issued the call for Independence in 1971.
Aroma Dutta has been serving as Executive Director at PRIP Trust since 1989. PRIP is an organisation, which is unique in both its Design and Execution, which have concerned in a Strategic way, which lead to strengthening the NGO Sector.