Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the remark while addressing a programme organised on the occasion of Begum Rokeya Day and distributing Begum Rokeya Padak-2016 at Osmani Memorial auditorium in Dhaka on Friday.
“Women constitute half the country’s population and without their development, a society can never prosper,” she added.
The premier handed over the award to Aroma Dutta and Nurjahan Begum for their contribution to socioeconomic development of women in the country.
“From next year five women would be given the Rokeya Padak,” she declared.
“A woman cannot get everything what she wants in this patriarchal society, rather you have to realise your rights and it’s the reality,” the PM continued.
She said a man must remember that they should not neglect a woman, as he is born to, groomed up, nurtured and taken care of by a woman throughout his whole life.
Later she urged women to stand on their own feet to attain emancipation and added: “The government is trying to impart education and necessary training to women to make them independent financially for their social empowerment.”
Sheikh Hasina further said: “Bangladesh is globally recognised as the role model for women development.”
“The government is working to ensure that women strengthen their position in every sector.”
The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer in women's liberation movement in the undivided Bengal who was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and mostly famous for her efforts for gender equality and female education.