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In 1975 Sufia Kamal was awarded Ananaya Nari by the Bangladesh United Nations Association on the occasion of International Women's Decade. The following year she was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh. This was followed by a string of prestigious awards both nationally and internationally.

Few honours bestowed upon this great writer and champion of people's right...

During her lifetime:
  • Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962)
  • Bangladesh United Nations Association's Ananaya Nari (1975)
  • Ekushey Padak/Medal (1976)
  • Nurunnessa Khatun Bidya Binodin Award (1976)
  • Nasiruddin Gold Medal (1977)
  • Sher-e-Bangla National Literary Award (1977)
  • Comilla Foundation Award (1978)
  • Dhaka Ladies Club Award (1981)
  • Muktadhara Puraskar (1982)
  • Phulki (Chittagong) Children Award (1982)
  • Begum Zebunnessa Mahabullah Trust Award (1983)
  • Kathakoli Shilpi Goshthi Award (1983)
  • Pata Shahitya Padak (1983)
  • Shaheed Nutan Chandra Medal (Chittagong) (1985)
  • Kabitala Award (Khulna) (1985)
  • Dhaka University Award (1986)
  • Ruma Smriti Award (Khulna) (1988)
  • Jasimuddin Padak (1989)
  • Business and Professional Women's Award (1991)
  • Mukti Juddho Sanghati Parishad's Mujib Medal (1991)
  • London's Bangla Literary Parishad's Bango Janani (Mother of Bengal) decoration (1992)
  • Begum Rokeya Padak of Nari Kalyan Sangstha (1992)
  • Shahidullah Kaiser Smriti Medal (1993)
  • Jatiyo Kabita Parishad Award (National Poetry Council Award, 1995)
  • Women's Federation for World Peace Crest (1996)
  • Begum Rokeya Padak (1996)
  • Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996)
  • Swadhinata Padak/Purushkar (Independence Day Award, 1997)
International award:
  • Lenin Centenary Jubilee Medal from the Soviet Union (1970)
  • Czechoslovakia Medal (1986)
  • Member of Congress (USA) of Bangladesh Society of New York (1989)
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Sadly, in 1977, Sufia's second husband Kamaluddin Ahmed died. Sufia became a widow once again.

In 1982 Sufia Kamal was elected president of Rabindra Sangeet Shammelan. And six years later she became the president of Bangabandhu Parishad.

In 1989 her Ekatturer Diary was finally published. The following year Sufia denounced curfew and led the silent procession during the historic movement against autocracy. She was 79 years old.

In 1991, on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Sufia Kamal received a civic reception.