Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

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Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain:
The First Muslim Woman Feminist
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain:
The First Muslim Woman Feminist

On 9th December every year, people of Bangladesh will commemorate the honor of Begum Rokeya Day for her contribution as the first Muslim Woman who struggled and worked hard for equal rights of men and women in Bengal. The foci of Rokeya’s works mainly on female education, campaign against the extremity of purdah practices, promotion of women’s participation in society and removing legal disabilities of women. The actual date of her birth is not known but it is acknowledge she was born in 1880 in the district of Rangpur and 9th December 1932 was the date she died on. Name: Rokeya Khatun

Born: 1880
Died: December 9, 1932
Origin: Pairaband in the district of Rangpur
Occupation: Writer, Social worker.
Famous Work: Sultana’s Dream
Nationality: British Indian
Name: Rokeya Khatun
Born: 1880
Died: December 9, 1932
Origin: Pairaband in the district of Rangpur
Occupation: Writer, Social worker.
Famous Work: Sultana’s Dream
Nationality: British Indian
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a Muslim feminist and social reformer who committed in education and liberation of women from social malaises which happened during her time where Muslim women were brought up following purdah which is a strict set of social rules which required women to be secluded from society in the inner quarters (zenana). The same happened to her but in her case she was lucky to have brothers and husband who support. Rokeya was born in the rich family where her father very emphasized the education of her two brothers and neglected the education of his daughters. Her brothers who was inspired by

Western education taught Rokeya and her sister Bengali and English in secret. In her eighteen, Rokeya was married to Syed Sakhawat Hossain who was a civil servant that strongly believed the education of women could improve their society. He encouraged and supported Rokeya’s writing...
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