By Staff Correspondent;
Five eminent women were given the Bangamata Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib Padak-2022 for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed the awards on Monday to mark the 92nd anniversary of the birth anniversary of Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, the wife of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina joined the award giving ceremony as the chief guest from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka as the Ministry of Women and Cultural Affairs organised the function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
Five women who received the Padak, the highest state honour for women, are: Syeda Zebunnesa Haque (Sylhet) in politics, lawmaker Selima Ahmed (Cumilla) in economics, Dhaka University’s former Pro-Vice Chancellor Nasreen Ahmad in education, Achhia Alam (Kishoreganj) in social service and valiant freedom fighter of Gopalganj district Ashalata Baidya (commander during the Liberation War) in independence and Liberation War.
Each of the recipients got a medal made of 40gm of 18-carat gold, a cheque of Taka 4 lakh and a certificate of honour.
To mark the birth anniversary if Begum Fazilatunnesa, the Prime Minister also handed financial assistance and sewing machines among insolvent women. She also unveiled the cover of a book written by her titled “Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Amar Maa”.
A hostel for working women was also opened after the name of Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib in Dhaka.
Fazilatunnesa Mujib, dubbed as Bangamata, was born on August 8 in 1930 at Tungipara village in Gopalganj. She was killed brutally along with the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family on August 15 in 1975.
The government, political and social organisations have chalked out elaborate programme to celebrate the birthday of the Bangamata.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the 92nd birth anniversary of Bangamata.