Begum Rokeya Day-2018 and the International Female Oppression Prevention Fortnight was observed in Gaibandha on Sunday with due respect and in a befitting manner.
The Department of Women Affairs and the district administration jointly chalked out the elaborate programmes marking the day, reports BSS. In the morning, a rally, led by police superintendent Abdul Mannan Miah, was brought out from Independence Square
of the town and ended reaching
at Zila Shilpakala Academy
after parading the main roads of
Later, a discussion on the life of Begum Rokeya was held at the Zila Shilpakala Academy auditorium at about 10 am with district women affairs officer Nargis Jahan in the chair.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Sebastin Rema, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) Tofayel Hossain, acting chairman of sadar upazila parishad Rashida Khatun
and acting general secretary of Gaibandha Press Club Sarker M Shahiduzzaman, among others, spoke at the meeting.
The speakers said Begum Rokeya was born in a restricted elite Muslim family at Parabond village under Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur district on December 9 in 1880 and died on the same date in 1932 in Kolkata.
Begum Rokeya reawakened the womenfolk through her writings and strongly spoke for the economic freedom and rights to education of the Muslim women, they said.
The speakers said Rokeya’s ultimate goal was to educate women, particularly the Muslim women, in her country and she had believed that when the Muslim women would be educated and they would able to lift themselves from the mire of superstition and prejudice.
Paying rich tributes to the memories of Begum Rokeya and mentioning her as the pioneer of women renaissance in the sub-continent, Sebastin Rema said Rokeya had played a significant role in establishing the rights of women and eradicating social prejudice.
Begum Rokey also showed the women the enlightened path of freedom breaking the social restrictions, she said.
Later, the guests distributed prizes under the programme of Jayeeta Annweshane Bangladesh among 10 winners who had prospered in lives through struggling and facing different adverse situations and become the role model in the society.
A number of women from all walks of life,
district and upazila level officials and journalists attended the function.