Vol. 5 Num 626 Fri. March 03, 2006  

Ten women receive Anannya award

Award giving ceremony of Anannya Top Ten 2005 was held yesterday recognising the outstanding contribution of women in different sectors in the society.

Women for their role in ten distinct fields including social welfare, entrepreneur, organisation, technology, journalism, painting, micro credit programme, law and human rights and sports received the award this year.

Dr Zobaida Hannan received the award for her contribution in social welfare. She has been working for education, health and legal aid for the poor and helpless women in Comilla.

Monjulika Chakma who is working for promoting the indigenous garment industry and created employment opportunity for hundreds of indigenous women received the award for entrepreneurship.

Dr Halima Khatun for her contribution in education, Noorjahan Bose for women organisation, Asma Huque for technology, Shumi Khan for journalism, Najli Laila Mansoor for art, Shamima Khatoon for her exemplary success in micro-credit programme, Sara Hossain for law and human rights and Molla Sabira for weight lifting got the Anannya Award.

Economist and Professor Anisur Rahman and women leader Hena Das handed over the award at a gathering at the Liberation War Museum in the city.

"Women in Bangladesh who has been working for social welfare and to establish human rights are mostly out of the scene. Anannya is taking them forward by encouraging them and it will also be a source of inspiration to others," said Hena Das.

Tasmima Hossain, editor of the fortnight magazine Anannya, said though a good number of girls have been coming out from educational institutions with brilliant results, they are lagging behind in employment sectors, as government is least attentive in this case.

"If there is not enough employment opportunity for women, their empowerment will be hindered," she added.

Among others women leader Shirin Akhter, Hamida Hossain, Khushi Kabir, Advocate Sultana Kamal, cultural activist Sara Zaker, Rokeya Mannan and Sara Hossain were also present.