Time Digital Report: Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina today said Bangladesh has to be built as a developed nation with the participation of all in unison amid the rise-and-shine of women.
“Amid this rise-and-shine of women in the country, we all together have to build Bangladesh, which has already attained the status of a developing country and will be a developed nation by 2041, and we want to do it,” she said.
The premier said this while addressing the ceremony of Begum Rokeya Day-2022 and Begum Rokeya Padak-2022 distribution at city’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
She said the dream of Begum Rokeya has almost been implemented in Bangladesh as the country’s parliament has Speaker, Leader of the House, Deputy Leader and Opposition Leader who are all women.
“Unfortunately, Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury died some days ago. But, we will fill up the vacuum of this position with a woman,” she added.
Mentioning that all (male and female) are capable, Sheikh Hasina said, “We have to encourage our society, pull up the society. It is my goal and that is we are carrying out.”
She said that if Begum Rokeya would have been alive, she might be happy to see this progress of women in Bangladesh.
She also mentioned that the government has established college, university and training centre naming after Begum Rokeya at her birthplace in Rangpur.
At the ceremony, Begum Rokeya Padak-2022 was distributed to five distinguished women for their extraordinary contribution to various sectors in society. The premier handed over the Padak (medal) to the recipients.
The recipients are Rahima Khatun, Professor Kamrun Nahar Begum Advocate, Farida Yasmin, Dr Afroza Parveen and Nasima Begum.
Each of the recipients was given a gold medal, a cheque for Taka 4 lakh and a certificate.
Rahima Khatun of Faridpur district won the award this year for her special contribution to women's education, while Professor Kamrun Nahar Begum Advocate of Chittagong district received the padak for her special contribution to the establishment of women's rights and Farida Yasmin of Satkhira district was awarded for her special contribution to the field of women's socio-economic development.