Rokeya was a creative genius. She took a stance against the forces in society that tried to suppress women and their rights, said novelist Selina Hossain at a solo lecture held at Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Hall of Bangla Academy on Monday.
The programme titled ‘Jatiya Jagorone Rokeyar Attoshokti’ was organised by Bangla Academy marking Rokeya Day.
It began with the observance of one minute silence in memory of Ekushey Padak winning physicist Ajoy Roy, who passed away on Monday.
Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji delivered the welcome speech while national professor Anisuzzaman presided over the programme, hosted by assistant director of Bangla Academy Kazi Rumana Ahmed Soma.
‘Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain fought against the inequality in society. She showed the women the way to freedom,’ said Habibullah Siraji.
‘Though Rokeya was born and grew up in an extremely conservative society, she did not let that stop her. She set a unique example in the then society by building schools for women,’ said Anisuzzaman.
‘Besides educating women, Begum Rokeya wanted women to be economically independent so that they could support themselves,’ Selina Hossain said.
‘The society Begum Rokeya dreamt of hasn’t been established yet. She not only worked for women’s empowerment but also advocated gender equality,’ she added.
Besides, Begum Rokeya Smriti Kendra, run by Bangla Academy, observed Rokeya Day through a day-long programme in Pairaband, Rangpur.
The programme commenced with placing of floral wreaths at the sculpture of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain at Begum Rokeya Smriti Kendra. Following which, a discussion programme was held at the venue.
Rangpur-5 area parliament member H N Ashequr Rahman was present as the chief guest, secretary of Bangla Academy Anwar Hossain was present as special guest at the programme, presided over by deputy commissioner of Rangpur Asif Ahsan.
The event also included a cultural show featuring performances by artistes of Begum Rokeya Smriti Kendra.
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