Begum Rokeya Padak

In December 2021, our Club Founder Late Ln Shamsun Nahar Rahman Paran MJF, recieved National Award  “Rokeya Padak -2021 “posthumously” for her pioneering contribution in social development and women’s empowerment. The award was received by her eldest daughter Ln Parveen Mahmud FCA, MJF, Imm. Past President, Lions Club of Chittagong Parijat Elite.

Begum Rokeya Padak, named after Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer of women’s rights in the subcontinent. This is a Bangladeshi national honour conferred on individual women for their exceptional achievement. The award is given by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh on the occasion of the ‘Begum Rokeya Day, which is observed marking the birth and death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain. First awarded in 1995 and the award recognizes the pioneering contribution of an individual in empowering women and raising women’s issues.

On Dec 09, 2021 –Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina MP distributed Begum Rokeya Padak-2021 virtually at a function held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka from her official residence Ganabhaban. On behalf of the Prime Minister, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, MP handed over the Padak (award).