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YPSA, an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) since 2013

YPSA observed Begum Rokeya Day 09

YPSA observed Begum Rokeya Day 09 at Chittagong on 9 December. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Muslim feminist, writer and social reformer who lived in British India, in what is now Bangladesh. She is most famous for her efforts on behalf of gender equality and other social issues. She established the first school aimed primarily at Muslim girls, which still exists today. Begum Roquia was an inspiring figure who contributed much to the struggle to liberate women from the bondage of social malaises. To raise popular consciousness, especially among women, she wrote a number of articles, stories and novels, mostly in Bengali. Begum Rokeya used humor, irony, and satire to focus attention on the injustices faced by Bengali-speaking Muslim women. She died of heart problems on December 9, 1932. In Bangladesh, December 9 is celebrated as Rokeya Day.