The students and teachers of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) observed 'Begum Rokeya Day' through different programmes on Tuesday commemorating the 134th birth and 82nd death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, pioneer of women's rights movement in the subcontinent.
Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) organized the programmes.
A rally led by the BRUR Vice Chancellor Prof Md Nurunnobi was brought out from the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla in the morning and ended in front of the Shahid Minar of the university.
A seminar titled 'Rokeya Lecture Series' was held in front of Shadhnota Sharok on the campus.
The speakers at the seminar discuss the era of Begum Rokeya, her struggle for female education and her article 'Oborodh Bashini.'
Md Humayun Kabir, chairman of the WGS department, called upon the students to take lessons from Begum Rokeya's life. He hoped that all the students of the BRUR will fulfill Rokeya's dream about girls' education and position in the society.
Later, a cultural programme was held. The students of the WGS department performed songs, dances and recitations. A drama based on Rokeya's work was also staged.
At the end of the programmes, the students termed Begum Rokeya a pathfinder and pioneer of women's education in the country and stressed eradication and elimination of male-female disparity and inequality from the society.
The birth and death anniversary of Begum Rokeya is observed as Rokeya Day since 1994.
The writer is a lecturer at women and gender studies department, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur