Five women have now become an emblem of success through determination and hard work
Nasima Khatun of Labsara Magura village in Satkhira Sadar upazila was married off against her will when she was in class nine. After the marriage, she was going through immense sufferings as her drug addict husband abused her physically every day.
At one point, Nasima's husband divorced her and forced her to leave the in-law's house. After losing the roof over her head, Nasima found herself in a difficult situation with her only child.
But she did not lose hope of becoming self-reliant and began her struggle to survive by taking training in tailoring. Later Nasima bought a sewing machine with which she has been earning a livelihood.
Apart from that, she has been working to prevent child marriage and violence against women in the upazila.
Not only Nasima, four other women have now become an emblem of success through determination and hard work, winning the Joyeeta award from the government's Woman and Children Affairs Department in seven upazilas of Satkhira this year.
Parvin Akhtar, a resident of ward no 1 of Sadar upazila was awarded Joyeeta as she has been working to prevent child marriage and stop the practice of dowry system.
She has also been working to create awareness that good quality care is key to keeping mothers and babies alive and well.
Parvin was chosen for this award as she has also been working for the betterment of differently-abled people.
Despite not being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, another woman Azmira Parvin from Devnagar village of Sadar upazila completed her education by earning money through tuition.
Fighting against poverty, Azmira was able to educate herself. She is currently working as a deputy -director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Magura.
Jahanara Begum of Katia Daspara area in Satkhira sadar was awarded Joyeeta for her contribution in preventing women and child trafficking.
Meanwhile, Jahanara has been working to make women, who lag behind in society, become self-reliant by encouraging them to get into various government and non government training facilities.
Mother of five, Fazilatunnesa from Dargahpur village in Asshusuni upazila lost her husband 12 years after her marriage. After losing her husband, Fazilatunnesa found herself in the most difficult situation, but she struggled and managed to educate her five children.
Fazilatunnesa is not only caring to her family, she has also been assisting women who needed help.
Safiul Azom, deputy director of the Department of Women Affairs in Satkhira, said: The five women established themselves in the society through hard work and merit. For this reason, we have honoured them with the Joyeeta award. They will go one more step ahead in their lives after taking inspiration from this award."