Five women and an institution were accorded a reception by Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Samity (BANASAS) on Wednesday for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
BANASAS arranged the programme at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital to mark its first founding anniversary, says a press release.The illustrious women are Sheikh Munni (human rights activist), Opu Biswas (best actress), Ferdous Ara (best singer), Farida Yasmin (journalism) and legendary actress Shabnam (lifetime achievement) while University Fistula Centre of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University was accorded reception for providing free medical service to the fistula patients.
President Nasima Akhter Shoma presided over the programme while General Secretary Anjuman Ara Shilpi delivered her welcome speech.
National Press Club Senior Vice President Omar Faruqe, Dhaka Reporters Unity President Ilias Hossain, Country Programme Manager of Engender Health Bangladesh, an international development organisation Dr. Sk Nazmul Huda and Bangabandhu Gobeshona Parishad President Lion Goni Miah Babul, among others, also spoke.
Omar Faruque said the present government has created favourable environment for women led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Women are moving forward facing all odds.