Artistes and cognoscenti observed International Women’s Day 2021 through discussions and cultural shows held at different venues in Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad and Bandhu Social Welfare Society arranged programmes marking the day.
Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad arranged a recitation programme at Nandan Mancha of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where female recitation artistes entertained the audience reciting poems highlighting women’s rights.
Education minister Dipu Moni was present as chief guest while president of Abritti Samannay Parishad Asaduzzaman Noor and former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddique, among others, were present as special guests at the programme.
Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad general secretary Ahkam Ullah delivered the welcome speech and Shirin Islam presented the keynote speech titled Bangabandhur Bhabonay Nari written by Selina Hossain. Presidium member of Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad Rezina Wali Lina presided over the event.
‘Women play a significant role in the development of society. Recitation artistes under the banner of Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad have been raising their voices against gender discrimination. We regularly arrange programmes to make people aware about the rights of women in society,’ said Ahkam Ullah.
‘The women of the country sacrificed a lot during the War of Independence in 1971. Bangabandhu declared the women who were tortured during the war by the Pakistan army as his daughters. Though the government is working to ensure the rights of women, we have to remember that change begins at home,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘I would like to congratulate all women on the occasion of International Women’s Day. I would like to recall the contribution of women who suffered during the war. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina took initiatives for empowering women for the first time in 1997. We have to respect women and ensure their rights in society,’ said Dipu Moni.
Recitation artistes, namely Laila Afroz, Naila Tarannum Chowdhury Kakoli, Jharna Chowdhury, Shamima Tandra, Tamanna Sarwar Nipa, Mahmuda Akter Tamanna and others performed solo recitations while Rezina Wali Lina, Suborna Afrin, Ananya Saha, Nasima Khan Bakul, Kazi Bushra Ahmed Tithi, Rabia Sultana Panna and child artistes of the organisation performed group recitations.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society arranged a programme at Bangladesh Girl Guides Association, Bailey Road.
The programme featured discussion and a dance recital. The event aimed at raising awareness about the leadership role of transgender women among common people.
Election commissioner Begum Kabita Khanam was present as chief guest while first secretary of Australian High Commission in Bangladesh Sacha Blumen, counsellor political affairs of Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh Rosalee LaPlante and others were present as guests at the programme.
Besides, dancer Shamim Ara Nipa, filmmaker Nargis Akter, transgender activist and president of Siri Samaj Kallyan Sangstha Arifa Yasmin Moyuri and others spoke at the programme.
Dance troupe Essence of Soul, which was formed in 2006 with core support of Bandhu Social Welfare Society, presented a dance recital titled Beautiful Bangladesh. The production was dedicated to the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Chairperson of Bandhu Social Welfare Society Anisul Islam Hero presided over the event.
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