The 109th birth anniversary of poet Begum Sufia Kamal will be observed on Saturday. Born on June 20, 1911, Sufia Kamal was a pioneer in the movement for women's emancipation.
Sufia Kamal was instrumental in naming the first women's dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall.
During the Liberation War, she helped women hurt during the war and campaigned for bringing Pakistani war criminals to justice.
For her works, she was awarded the Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Lenin Centenary Jubilee Medal (1970) from the Soviet Union, Ekushey Padak (1976), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Begum Rokeya Medal (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996) and Independence Award (1997) for her works.
Poet Sufia Kamal died on November 20, 1999.