On 23 November, all six clubs in Bangladesh, District 25, celebrated Zonta’s 100 years of journey with the theme “Vintage Affair.”
More than 500 guests attended the event, including Dilruba Ahmed, a Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign regional representative and past International Board director, Zareen Delawar Hussain, vice-area director, and the past governors and area directors. The chief guest was Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayon and Dr. Rubana Huq was a guest of honor. All of them delivered speeches.
Nehreen Rahman, president of the Zonta Club of Greater Dhaka, convened the show, which began with Nobel laureate of Tagores women down the ages and was followed by an eye-catching fashion show of members of all Zonta Clubs of Bangladesh in their Mughal (an early-modern empire in South Asia), Zamindari and vintage outfits from the British Era.
The show also included fireworks, the release of 100 blue balloons, flag parade, candle lighting, cake cutting and a centennial brochure. A raffle was held for attractive prizes and ended professional dancers performing salsa, Jive, twist and waltz.
On 8 November, members from the clubs attended a panel discussion at the Dhaka Lit Fest, where international and local women’s right activists, gender specialists and advocates deliberated on global problems of rape, crimes and violence against women.
Ahmed spoke to a large crowd about Zonta’s 100 years of empowering and advancing the status of women throughout the world.