Vol. 5 Num 474 Sun. September 25, 2005  

Meena Day celebrated

Meena Day was celebrated yesterday with great enthusiasm among the children and adolescents across the country.

The day is celebrated every year in the country since 1998 after Meena became the most popular animated girl character who stands for child rights and gender equality.

This year the theme of the day was 'Equal Right for Boys and Girls brings peace and happiness to the family'.

To mark the occasion, Bangladesh Shishu Academy chalked out different programmes in association with the Unicef.

A group of child artistes wearing colourful costumes of Meena, her brother Raju and the talking parrot Mithu, performed live in a street theatre on mobile truck around the capital in the morning.

In the afternoon, a discussion was held at Ziaur Rahman auditorium of the shishu academy.

Speaking as chief guest Barrister M Hyder Ali, secretary of women and children affairs ministry, said Meena plays a very significant role in identifying problems and offering solutions to child development issues.

They said Meena raises awareness about female education, gender equality and hygiene.

Chaired by Bangladesh Shishu Academy Chairman Prof Zubaida Gulshan Ara, the function was also addressed by Director General of mass communication department Md Abdul Mannan, Chief Engineer of public health engineering department Md Khurshed Alam, Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Cricket Board Reazuddin Al Mamun and James Jennings of the Unicef.

A new Meena episode titled 'Fair Play for Girls' highlighting the importance of ensuring equal opportunity for girls was also heralded.