International Women’s Day observed with fanfare
To mark International Women's Day, the Sirajganj district administration chalked out several programmes on March 8. The programmes included a procession, discussion and cultural function.
Hundreds of people, including women from different organisations, brought out a colourful procession from the premises of the DC office. The procession ended in front of the Shaheed Mansur Ali Auditorium.
A discussion was also held at the auditorium with Hafiza Khanom, District Women's Affairs Officer, in the chair. Deputy Commissioner Humayun Kabir attended the meeting as chief guest.
Speakers at the event said that, women are now contributing greatly to economic development. They also stressed the need for parents to send their daughters to school.
Later, a cultural function was held, where local artistes performed songs and a play.
Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu,
The 100th International Women's Day was observed in Pabna with several programmes. District Women's Directorate organised a daylong programme including a discussion, rally, cultural programme and debate at the district headquarters.
A colourful rally was brought out from Pabna Town Hall premises on March 8, marking the day. Different NGOs, government organisations, cultural activists and a cross section of society participated in the rally, which paraded the main streets of the district headquarters.
A discussion was held at Pabna Zila Parishad auditorium. District Women's Directorate Officer Shahnaz Begum chaired the discussion while the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Pabna Dr. AFM Monjur Kadir spoke as the chief guest. Other prominent personalities spoke on the occasion.
The speakers focused on the rampant discrimination of women in society and demanded that women get their rights.
Later, a debate on establishment of rights of women was held at Pabna Town Hall.
A cultural show was held in Pabna Town Hall on Monday night. Artistes from Pabna Shishu Academy and Banchte Chai Unnayan Samiti participated in the cultural programme.
Later folk artistes of the organisation performed a panchali highlighting the need to establish the rights of women at the level of the family and society. Ustad Abdul Malek Sarkar, a noted folk artiste of the district, conducted the programme.
Rabiul Hasan, Chapainawabganj
A discussion on 'Jago Manush, Narir Khomotayan-e Jago' and a cultural programme were held at Shaheed Satu Hall premises in Chapainawabganj town on the occasion of 100th International Women's Day.
Sachetan Nagorik Committee, Chapainawabganj, a unit of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB,) organised the programme.
The event was presided over by the organisation's convener Advocate Saiful Islam Reza. Among others, District Women's Affairs Officer Selina Begum, Vice Chairman of Sadar Upazila Parishad Shantana Haque, educationist Marzina Haque and SNC member N.S.M.Mahbubur Rahman spoke on the occasion.
Speakers said that democracy is not effective unless women's rights are fully ensured in the country. They said that as women account for half of the population, the overall development of the country would not be possible if they lag behind.
After the discussion a cultural programme was held at the venue. Artistes of Mahananda Sangeet Niketan performed at the programme.
Quamrul Islam Rubaiyat, Thakurgaon
To observe International Women's Day, a play "Amader Sheuli" was staged on Monday at Thakurgaon District Women's Affairs office premises to generate public awareness against eve teasing, early marriage and dowry.
The Thakurgaon District Administration and Thakurgaon District Women's Affairs Office jointly organised other programmes, including a procession and discussion here with the assistance of Thakurgaon NGO Cell, a forum of Thakurgaon NGOs, Eco-Social Development Organisation (ESDO) and RDRS Bangladesh.
Nishchintapur Theatre Thakurgaon performed the play under the management of NGO Cell.
The play reveals how girls fall victim to eve teasing, early marriage, dowry and meet with a tragic end.
The cast included Ujjal, Manik, Dipali, Shishir, Rana, Antar, Smrity and Iti.
Earlier a discussion was held with Deputy Commissioner of Thakurgaon Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed as chief guest. District Women's Affairs Officer Habiba Khatun was in the chair.
In Panchagarh, District Administration, District Women's Affairs Office and different non-government organisations observed the day with a discussion and cultural programme.
Mirza Shakil, Tangail
International Women's Day was observed in Tangail district in due manners.
Different government and non-governmental as well as socio-cultural organisations in the district arranged various programmes to mark the day.
The programmes included rallies, discussions, documentary screenings etc.
To mark the day, District Administration and District Women's Affairs Officer, with the help of Tangail Unit of Durbar Network, organised a discussion at the Bhasani Hall in the town.
With the District Women's Affairs Officer, Selina Khanom in the chair, Tangail Deputy Commissioner (DC) M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury addressed the discussion as the chief guest.
Emphasising on ensuring equal opportunities and rights between men and women, the DC, in his speech, said that not only the women but also the society would profit if the women get their rights.
Later, the guests distributed prizes among the winner of competitions on different subjects from schools and colleges of the district town.
A documentary film on International Women's Day was also screened at the event.
Russian Centre of Science & Culture in Dhaka celebrated the International Women's Day with much gusto. The programme was organised jointly by Women's Chapter, Russian Alumni Association and Russian compatriots permanently residing in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Immediately after the Liberation War, Russia started admitting Bangladeshis for higher studies on scholarship basis. By now more than 7000 people have benefited. Among them are women who now constitute the cream of the nation, like Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, professor and head of the Chemical Engineering department, BUET; Madhabi Islam, former director, Atomic Energy Research Establishment; Dr. Begum Rokeya, professor and chief research officer, Pharmacology Department, BIRDEM and many others.
The participants of the programme were treated with famous Russian pirozhki (a variety of pies). Russian Federation was featured as a modern democratic country with equal rights for both men and women.