Six women in Khulna on Thursday received the Joyeeta Award for attaining success in different fields by overcoming various difficulties and challenges. One of them received two awards.
The award was given to the women for their feats in five categories, under a government initiative titled "Joyeeta Onneshone Bangladesh".
Khulna district administration and the Directorate of Women Affairs jointly organised the event at the deputy commissioner's office in Khulna.
The categories under which the award was given for 2018-19 fiscal year include economic, social development, education and employment, successful mother, and prevention of repression.
The awardees from the Khulna district level are: Jahanara Begum in economic category, Sayeda Nahida Habiba in education and employment category, and Rokeya Begum in successful mother category.
Smriti Biswas was given Joyeeta Award in prevention of repression category whereas Shondha Rani Biswas got the award for contributing to social development.
From the Khulna city areas, Sabera Marjana was awarded in economic category. Shondha Rani Biswas again got the award in social development category from the city.
Speaking as the chief guest, Khulna Deputy Commissioner Helal Hossain said the government has taken up the initiative to encourage women at the grass root level.
More women will feel encouraged if the stories of the awardees are spread in society, he said.
He stressed that women should come forward to assert their own rights.
The government has been trying to incorporate women into development process; therefore, women have been able to put them in the equal footing with men, he observed.
The deputy commissioner told the programme that the government will train 5,000 women in the Khulna region with a view to making them self-reliant.
Chief Executive Officer of Khulna District Council Md Asaduzzaman and Deputy Director of the Khulna deputy commissioner's office Ishrat Jahan were present, with Additional Deputy Commissioner of Khulna Ziaur Rahman in the chair.
Nargis Fatema, deputy director of the Directorate of Women Affairs, delivered the welcome speech.