Five enlightened women, institution get BANASAS Reception-2019
Five enlightened women along with an institution were accorded Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Samity (BANASAS) Reception-2019 for their special contributions in the respective fields on Wednesday. To mark the 1st founding anniversary of BANASAS, the programme was arranged at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital.
The illustrious women are: Sheikh Munni (Human Rights Activists), Opu Biswas (Best Actress), Ferdous Ara (Best Singer), Farida Yasmin (Journalism) and legendary actress Shabnam (Lifetime Achievement) while University Fistula Centre of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University was accorded reception for providing free medical service to the fistula patients.
President Nasima Akhter Shoma presided over the programme while General Secretary Anjuman Ara Shilpi delivered her welcome speech. Among others, National Press Club Senior Vice President Omar Faruqe, Dhaka Reporters Unity President Ilias Hossain, Country Programme Manager of Engender Health Bangladesh, an international development organisation Dr. Sk Nazmul Huda and Bangabandhu Gobeshona Parishad President Lion Goni Miah Babul, also spoke.
In the speech, Press Club leader Omar Faruque said, "The present government has created favourable environment for women led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Women are moving forward facing all odds. He also said the gender equality is very essential for women's development in the society. "
Dr. Sk Nazmul Huda in his speech said, "In our country 19, 500 women have been suffering from fistula diseases. This is a very painful disease for women. University Fistula Centre of BSMMU has been providing free treatment for the patients. Many women have been cured through the treatment of the centre and a tremendous change has come in to their life after the repair."
Organisation's President Nasima Akhter Shoma said, "To mark our 1st founding anniversary; we arranged the reception programmme for five enlighten women for their contributions and their presence made the programme memorable. We have a plan to organise such function every year."
"Our female journalists have been working with the media with reputation .They have already proved their efficiency. But still they have to face many difficulties in workplace. Many of them do not get salaries as per wage-board. Work friendly environment can make them interested in the profession," she added.
"We want to work for the development of female journalists across the country and make them skilled through training. BANASAS has already started work to give financial assistance to the ailing journalists." she informed.
General Secretary Anjuman Ara emphasized on eradicating the discrimination in the workplace, media houses, journalist organisations, development organisation and believed the state can play a vital role in ensuring work-friendly environment for women.
Actress Shabnam in her instant reaction said, "I am very much delighted to get the reception. I would like to thank the organisation as they gave me the honour." Singer Ferdous Ara said, "This recognition increased my responsibility to the country and the people. I am really overwhelmed to get the honour from BANASAS".
University Fistula Centre of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University gave financial assistance to a girl named Tumpa Begum who won the battle of Fistula and was admitted to a Nursing Institute.
At that time, Professor Dr. Tripi Rani Das, Chairman of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Department of BSMMU, Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) Secretary General Professor Dr. Saleha Begum Chowdhury and Engender Health Bangladesh Country Programme Manager Dr. Sk Nazmul Huda were present.
Organisation's Vice President Karnina Khandoker, Treasurer Israt Farhim, Organising Secretary Maria Salam, Training and Research Secretary Labin Rahman, Sports and Cultural Secretary Kaniz Fatima Luna, Executive members, Fatima Munni, Rezwana Sumi, Rarzana Sultana, Farzana Jaba, Shanta Farzana, were also present.
Maria Salam and Labin Rahman anchored the programme.