Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, commonly known as Begum Rokeya, was a Bengali feminist thinker, writer, educator, and political activist from British India (present Bangladesh). She is widely regarded as a pioneer of women ‘s Liberation in South Asia. She was born in a village named Pairabondh, Rangpur on 9 December 1980.
Rokeya believed that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men have in society. So, she fought for women’s positions throughout her lifetime. Begum Rokeya established Sakhawat Memorial Girl’s High school for female education. She wrote several novels and short stories. Some of her important writings are Matichur, Sultana’s Dream, Padmarag, and so on. Begum Rokeya died on 9 December 1932. After her death, the nation (Bangladesh) observes “Begum Rokeya Day” remembering the outstanding contribution for women’s equal rights as men.
This year Bangladesh also took various steps to observe Rokeya Day. The ministry organized a function at Osmani Smriti Auditorium today. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attended the program virtually and distributed RokeyaPadak-2021 from Ganabhabanas chief guest at around 10 am said a press release. Five eminent women had been nominated for Rokeya Padak -2021 for their outstanding contribution to women empowerment and social development.
The recipient is- Professor Hasina Zakaria Bela, Archana Biswas, Shamsunnahar RahmanParan (posthumous), Dr. Zinat Huda, and Dr. Saria Sultana. Present Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages today on the occasion of “Begum Rokeya Day”
Special supplements, posters, Booklets were also published marking the day. Various programs are also arranged by different organizations to celebrate the day with dignity throughout the country.