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Nation celebrates Begum Rokeya's life today

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 9th December, 2016 10:02:25 AM
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Nation celebrates Begum Rokeya's life today
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The pioneer of awakening women’s rights in the subcontinent -- that is how Bengalees remember educator and writer Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain. Today the nation is celebrating Begum Rokeya Day; the day of her 136th birth and 84th death anniversary.


Born as Begum Rokeya, to a conservative Muslim family on December 9, 1880, at Pairaband village in Rangpur, she passed away on December 9, 1932, in Kolkata.


Women and Children Affairs Ministry and various other socio-cultural and political organisations are observing the day with elaborate programmes, including milad, placing wreaths at her portraits, discussions, rally and cultural functions, reports BSS.


The Prime Minister is scheduled to hand over the Rokeya Padak-2016 at a programme at Osmani Memorial auditorium in the city at 10 am.


President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya on the occasion.


In his message, the President said Begum Rokeya’s ideas and activities will inspire all to build a society based on equity and free from gender disparity. He congratulated those who are going to receive the Rokeya Padak-2016 for their contributions to women development.


The Prime Minister, in her message, said Begum Rokeya played a leading role in spreading the light of education among the women overcoming different obstacles. “She showed the underprivileged women the path of light through establishing educational institutions and social work,” she observed.


Khaleda Zia called upon all irrespective of their gender identity to come forward with strong steps to materialise Begum Rokeya’s dream removing the current anarchy and exploitation from society.