Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed out medals, cheques, and certificates to the winners
Five people have received the prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 for their outstanding contributions to society and women’s empowerment.
Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, Prof Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumously), and Rokeya Begum (posthumously) received the awards on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed out the medals, cheques of Tk2 lakh, and certificates, to the winners – and their family members – at an event held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
The medals – weighing 25 grams – are made of 18-karat gold, reports UNB.
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organized the event with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki as the chair. The Secretary of the ministry, Nasima Begum, read out the citations.
The government introduced the award in 1995, in the name of Begum
Rokeya—a pioneer of the women's liberation movement in the undivided Bengal.
Begum Rokeya was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century. She was renowned for her efforts to establish gender equality and ensure women’s access to education.