Begum Rokeya Day, marking the birth anniversary of the pioneer of an awakening for women’s rights in the subcontinent, was observed in the country on Monday.
The Women and Children Affairs Ministry, and various socio-cultural and political organizations observed the day with elaborate programs.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed Begum Rokeya Padak-2013 at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city to two erudite women for their outstanding contribution to the spread of female education, ensuring of human rights and immense work for the socio- economic development of rural people.
The recipients are Jharnadhara Chowdhury and Professor Hamida Banu.
On the occasion, teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) brought out a rally on the campus.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the rally as the chief guest.
Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain was born on December 9 in 1880 at Pairaband village in Rangpur. She also passed away on December 9 in 1932.