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Rokeya Day observed in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA, Dec 9, 2015 (BSS) - Begum Rokeya Day-2015 and International Female Oppression Prevention Fortnight was observed in the district on Wednesday with due respect and in a befitting manner.

Marking the day, Department of Women Affairs and district administration jointly chalked out the elaborate programmes in cooperation with a number of non government organizations.

In the morning, a grand rally led by whip of the Bangladesh Parliament and local lawmaker Mahabub Ara Begum Gini was brought in the town

Later, a discussion meeting on the life of Begum Rokeya was held at the hall room of GPLC around 10 am with district women affairs officer Habiba Khatun in the chair.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) M. Abdus Samad addressed the meeting as the chief guest and acting chairman of Sadar upazila parishad Rashida Begum and vice principal of Ahammad Uddin Shah Shishu Niketan School and College Mazharul Mannan were present as the special guests.

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 right to education of the Muslim women, they also said.

Rokeya's ultimate goal was to educate women particularly the Muslim women in her country and here only dream was that when the Muslim women would be educated and able to lift themselves from the mire of superstitions, prejudices, they added.

Paying rich tribute to the memories of Begum Rokeya and mentioning her as the pioneer of women renaissance in the sub-continent, DC M. Abdus Samad said Rokeya had played a significant role in establishing the rights of women and eradicating social prejudices.

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