Commemorative meeting on Nurjahan Begum

By on June 19, 2016
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Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and Bangla Academy jointly organized a Commemorative meeting on Nurjahan Begum at Abdul Karim Sahittya Bisharsd Auditorium of Bangla Academy on 6 June 2016. Dhaka University’s Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the meeting. A documentary on Nurjahan Begum’s life and work, titled Nurjahan Begum—Itihaser Kingbadanti Nari, was screened at the programme.

Finance minister AMA Muhith said ‘Nurjahan Begum played a major role in ensuring empowerment of the women in the country. He said the most important task to respect the memory of Nurjahan Begum would be to continue the magazine “Begum” edited by Nurjahan Begum.

Ayesha Khanam, president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad said the progressive role of women in every sphere of life today is not achieved in a day; it happened because of the role of visionaries like Nurjahan, who worked in silence to transform society. New generation may not be able to grasp how important Nurjahan Begum is. She always tried to awaken the women through her magazine. She said today there were hundreds of women journalists, and surely many of them were inspired by the courageous leap Nurjahan had taken.

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Dhaka University’s Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman he said whenever we speak of progressiveness; there are some people who oppose it. This society would not progress if we cannot resist such ill efforts. He also said Nurjahan Begum, as an enlightened woman, spread the light among others through her magazine. The magazine tells the successes and sorrows of the women in cities and villages.

Dr Maleka Begum founding general Secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad said Nurjahan Begum would live in her works. She was a journalist, women’s movement organiser, and women of all professions and geographical areas found place in her magazine. She said the visibility of women in today’s society is the contribution of women like Nurjahan Begum, Begum Rokyea and Begum Sufia Kamal.

Among others finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, director general of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam, founding general secretary Maleka Begum and Nurjahan Begum’s daughter Flora Nasrin Khan, spoke at the programme,

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