Prime Minister confers Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Padak 2023

National women's football team honored; 4,500 sewing machines distributed.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday, August 08 distributed Bangamata Begum Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Padak 2023 to four prominent women and the national women’s football team.

She handed over the award at a ceremony as the chief guest in the city’s Osmani Memorial auditorium organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.

The award distribution function coincided with the occasion of 93rd birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the better half of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Apart from the national women football team for sports, the four other women award recipients are: Advocate Sahara Khatun (Posthumous) in politics as well as Nasima Jaman Bobi and Anima Mukti Gomes in education, culture and sports while Dr Senjuti Saha in research.

Nazma Mobarek, Secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs delivered the welcome address, while State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira was in the chair.

Dr Tania Huq, professor at the department of Women and Gender Studies of University of Dhaka made a keynote presentation based on the life and activities of Bangamata, while Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha Chairman Begum Chemon Ara Tayab took part in it as discussant.

On behalf of the award recipients, national women football team captain Sabina Khatun spoke on the occasion. At the outset, an audio-visual documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened.

In order to commemorate Bangamata’s contribution, a maximum of five women are awarded every year in recognition of their contribution to eight fields. Earlier, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs nominated the national women’s football team and four prominent women for this year’s award, recognizing their contributions to the country’s politics, education, culture, sports, and research.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated the financial donation and sewing machine distribution program at the event. A total of 4,500 sewing machines are being distributed in 64 districts while Tk2,000 is being given among 3,000 destitute women.

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