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Prof Mamtaz Begum and Mrs. Golap Banu get Begum Rokeya Padak-2014
DHAKA, Dec 9, 2014 Nirapad News : Professor Mamtaz Begum, chairperson of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha, and social worker Mrs Golap Banu have got the Begum Rokeya Padak-2014 for their outstanding contribution to expanding women education, establishing women rights and socioeconomic development of the helpless and poor women.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over Begum Rokeya Padak-2014 to Professor Mamtaz Begum and Mrs Golap Banu at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here this morning.
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organized the function on the occasion of the Begum Rokeya Day marking the 135th birthday of the pioneer of the women renaissance.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki chaired the function, while secretary of the ministry Tariq-ul-Islam delivered the welcome address.
Professor Mamtaz and Golap Banu expressed their feelings about winning Begum Rokeya Padak-2014.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister reiterated her call for establishing equal rights of males and females, saying that no society could advance if half segment of the society is left behind in the process of progress and development.
“Equal rights of males and females are a must for advancement of society. It is reality that no society could advance or develop if half portion of the society is left behind in the process of progress and development,” she said.
The Prime Minister expressed her firm optimism that no girl would be deprived of education as her government has taken various steps for ensuring education of the women to materialize the dream of Begum Rokeya.
“I hope that by the grace of Allah, no such situation in the country will exist in future that a girl will be left out of education. Every girl would be educated,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Begum Rokeya had a dream that the neglected women would get education and become self-reliant. “Her dream was mostly materialized. She remains alive and would remain alive in the hearts of every educated woman,” she said.
While expressing her feeling about winning the Begum Rokeya Padak-2014, Professor Mamtaz paid rich tributes to Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and said the great lady had encouraged her in engaging in the welfare of the women.
“At the advice of Begum Mujib, I have taken steps to rehabilitate the women who were violated and tortured during the War of Liberation,” she said.
Professor Mamtaz called for creating such an environment in every house so that women are groomed as human being.
Golap Banu said the women are not lagging behind but they lack courage. “We don’t have courage and are scared of everything,” she said.
She vowed to continue movement with the women. “I have no academic education, but my memory is good. I want to continue my movement with females,” she said.
Narrating her struggle for establishing Baridhara Mohila Samabaya Samity Ltd in Dhaka, Golap Banu said the females want to work together with males. “There would be no crisis if we get scope for working together with males,” she said.
Professor Mamtaz was born in a renowned Muslim family on April 13 in 1946. She obtained Master’s degree in philosophy in 1969 and LLB degree in 1978 from Dhaka University.
She started her career as a lecturer of Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College in Dhaka in 1970 and retired as the vice-principal from Dhaka Teachers Training College in 2004.
Prof Mamtaz has been performing as the chairperson of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha since 2009. She was elected a Member of National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan in 1970 and a member of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad in 1973.
She was the social welfare secretary of Jatiya Ainjibi Samity, general secretary of Professors Association and vice-president and member of BCS (general education). She was also the general secretary and joint-convenor of Bangladesh Mohila Awami League, a member of Bangladesh Krishak Shramik Awami League.
Besides, she is also involved in Muktijoddha Smriti Rakkha Parishad, Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, Paribar Parikalpana Samity, Bangladesh Red Cross Society, Dhaka University Alumni Association and DU Philosophy Department Alumni Association.
Golap Banu, who have no academic education, had contributed in establishing Baridhara Mohila Samabaya Samity Ltd as a Dhaka organizer and patron. She also played a role in the formation of capital of Taka 1.44 crore by registering the society and enrolling 36,673 women as members of the society.
Thanks to her relentless efforts, Baridhara Mohila Samabaya Samity got the Best Cooperatives Association Award in 2002 and Asian Confederation of Credit Award in 2010. The samity also received Jatiya Samabaya Purashkar-2009 and Golap Banu received the Jatiya Samabayee Purashkar-2010 in personal category.
Begum Rokeya Padak was introduced in 1995 and a total of 37 women personalities got the award since its inception. Begum Shamsunnahar Mahmud won the medal first in 1995, while Professor Hamida Banu and Jharna Dhara Chowdhury got the awards in 2013.