Ayesha Khanam, President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, died at a hospital in the capital early Saturday, after prolonged illness. She was 74.
Ayesha, also a freedom fighter, breathed her last while undergoing treatment at the hospital. She had been suffering from various diseases, including cancer.
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Daughter of Gloam Ali Khan and Jamatunnesa Khanam, Ayesha was born on October 18, 1947 at Gabragati village in Netrakona.
Ayesha Khanam, also a former vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, was an active organiser of different movements, including the Education Movement of 1962, Non-Cooperation Movement, 1969s Mass Upsurge and the Liberation War in 1971.
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In fact, she had been involved in student politics since the 1962 movement and was in the forefront in all movements leading to the Liberation War.
She was elected vice-president of the central unit Bangladesh Student Union of Dhaka University in 1971.
Ayesha Khanam also performed as general secretary and vice-president of its Rokeya Hall unit. She had played an important role in organizing students at the beginning of the Liberation War.
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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Ayesha Khanam.
In a condolence message, she said the womenfolk of the country has lost a true friend and courageous co-fighter at the death of this veteran woman leader.
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The Prime Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy for her bereaved family members.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin also expressed profound shock at her death.
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