PM Eulogises Begum Rokeya's role, distributes awards

PM Eulogises Begum Rokeya’s role, distributes awards

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday emphasised the need for establishing equal rights of males and females, saying that no society could advance if half segment of the society is left behind in the process of progress and development.
“Equal rights of males and females is a must for advancement of society. It is reality that no society could advance or develop if a half of it is left behind in the process of progress and development,” she said.
The Prime Minister was inaugurating the Begum Rokeya Day and distributing Begum Rokeya Padak-2014 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the morning.
She handed over Begum Rokeya Padak-2014 to Professor Mamtaz Begum and Mrs Golap Banu for their outstanding contribution to expand women education, establish women rights and socioeconomic development of the helpless and poor women.
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organized the function with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair.
Sheikh Hasina said Begum Rokeya had a dream that the neglected women are educated and made self-reliant. “Her dream was mostly materialised.  She remains alive and would remain alive in the hearts of every educated woman,” she said.
Paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya, Sheikh Hasina said Begum Rokeya was a beacon of women renaissance and an institution of female education.
“Her ideology, inspiration, strong mentality and working spirit showed the path of freedom to the womenfolk,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the then Muslim women were confined to the house. “Superstition, narrow-mindedness and dark life were their constant companions and they had no freedom for participation in family, social and political fields,” she said.
The Prime Minister said Begum Rokeya had founded Shakhawat Memorial Girls School to free the womenfolk from the curse of illiteracy which was a courageous step of that era in the development of women.
“The development that has been made in female education is the invaluable contribution of Begum Rokeya,” she said.
Spelling out her government’s steps for women development, Sheikh Hasina said the government has given priority to women participation in state policy, projects and programmes and female education. – BSS
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