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Begum Rokeya: The forgotten 19th Century feminist

Rokeya Sakhwat Hossain or Begum Rokeya was a 19th Century feminist writer, educationalist and social reformer.

Born to a wealthy Muslim family in what is today Bangladesh, Begum Rokeya defied her traditional upbringing to fight for women’s rights.

Her writings – which spanned poetry, fiction and essays – espoused radical ideas for gender equality and envisioned a better and fairer world for women. Her story is part of a BBC series.

Video by Nasiruddin, Gopal Shoonya and Nikita Deshpande

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