Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam dies

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:04, Jan 03,2021


Mourners place wreaths at the coffin of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam at the Parishad office at Segunbagicha in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president and freedom fighter Ayesha Khanam died at her house in Dhaka on Saturday.

The women’s rights activist was 74.

Mahila Parishad acting president Fauzia Moslem told New Age that Ayesha breathed her last at her Dhanmondi house at about 3:30am.

‘Ayesha was suffering from cancer,’ she said.

Ayesha had served as the president of Mahila Parishad, a women’s rights organisation, since 2008.

She was buried in her home district Netrakona, said Fauzia.

President Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages expressed condolences over the death of Ayesha.

Recalling her contribution to women empowerment with due respect, Abdul Hamid said Ayesha Khanam’s contribution for establishing women’s rights will be remembered for long, reported Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

Mahila Parishad general secretary Maleka Banu, in a press statement, said that the organisation lost its guardian.

Former vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Ayesha Khanam, was born on October 18, 1947 in Netrokona.

She was an organiser of the country’s several movements namely the 1962 student movement, the 1969 Mass Uprising and the 1971 War of Independence.

Ayesha joined Mahila Parishad in 1972 and participated in many international events, including UNSCAP, IWRAW, UNIFEM, on behalf of Bangladeshi women.

Different socio-political and cultural organisations and members of the cabinet also expressed deep condolence over her death.

Dhaka University vice-chancellor Md Akteruzzaman mourned the death of Ayesha, a former student of the university.

She was a student leader of Dhaka University during liberation war.

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