The Begum Rokeya Day is being observed marking the 138th birth and 86th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer for women's rights in the subcontinent.
Women and children affairs ministry, Begum Rokeya Foundation and various other socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day, says UNB.
The programmes include milad mahfil, placing wreaths at Begum Rokeya's portraits, discussions, rallies and cultural events.
On the occasion, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya.
Shomajtantrik Mohila Forum would place wreaths at the sculpture of Begum Rokeya at Ruqayyah Hall of Dhaka University.
Besides, Dhaka University Ruqayyah Hall will arrange a programme on the occasion.
Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain was born on 9 December in 1880 at Pairaband village in Rangpur. She also passed away on 9 December in 1932.
Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a thinker, educationist, writer, social activist, and a pioneer of women's education in the Indian subcontinent during the era of the British rule.