Fortnightly magazine Anannya yesterday honoured 11 women with the "Anannya Shirshodosh 2014" award for their contribution to different sectors in the country.
The award giving ceremony also coincided with the magazine's 27th anniversary, which has been promoting women's voice.
Tasmima Hossain, founder and editor of the magazine, recounted its history to the audience, who included most of the 200 women leaders recognised for their contribution to different fields since "Anannya Shirshodosh" began in 1993.
This year, Prof Laila Noor, vice chairperson of National Women's Association, won the award for her contribution in the Language Movement of 1952.
Vice chancellors of Jahangirnagar University and Buet Prof Dr Farzana Islam and Khaleda Ekram were honoured for being the first and second female VCs respectively.
Dr Tahmina Banu, chairman of the paediatric surgery department at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, won the award for development of treatment of five diseases.
Meher Afroz Chumki, state minister for women and children's affairs, received the award in the field of politics, while Roksana Sultana, executive director of "Breaking the Silence", an NGO creating awareness about the sexual harassment of children by family members, received it for her social work.
In the field of law and human rights, Tureen Afroz, prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal, received the award.
Nazia Andaleeb Preema got the award in visual art category.
Flight Lt Nayma Haque and Flying Officer Tamanna-E-Lutfi, first female combat pilots of the country, were also honoured. On December 17, 2014, they successfully flew two helicopters for 15 minutes and landed safely.
Captain of Bangladesh Women's National Cricket team Salma Khatun was awarded in the field of sports. Salma topped the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 all-rounder rankings in January this year in women's cricket.
Meanwhile, noted journalist Dil Monowora Monu received a lifetime achievement award at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh. Each awardee was presented with a crest and a certificate.