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18 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Call to ensure fundamental rights of transgenders

BSS

RAJSHAHI: Multi-sectoral approach should be taken to ensure fundamental rights especially health, social and legal rights of the transgender people for uplifting their living condition and livelihood, speakers at a dialogue here said yesterday, reports BSS. They said the society, as a whole, should come forward with a positive attitude towards the socially excluded people for their coexistence in the society. Emphasis should be given on integrated efforts towards ensuring human rights and healthcare to the hizra community for substantial and sustainable reduction of their existing vulnerabilities.
Bachar Alo Sangskritic Sangstha organised the Dialogue with District Authority on Human Rights and HIV/AIDS titled "Strengthening peer lead initiative to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on MSM and Transgender Population in South Asia (Programme)/SEED Grants)" held at BGB party point in the city.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society supported the event. Chief Health Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Dr AFM Anjuman Ara Begum and Senior Health Education Officer Sazzad Hossain addressed the discussion as the chief and special guests respectively with Mostofa Sarker, President of Bachar Alo Sangskritic Sangstha, in the chair. Social Service Officer Abdullah Al Faruque, District Cultural Officer Faruqur Rahman and project coordinator of Sonali Din Manob Kolyan Sangstha Azizur Rahman also spoke. During his concept paper presentation, Mofazzal Hossain, Coordinator of
SEED Grant Project, mentioned that the members of transgender community are subjected to negligence and repression in every sphere of life including family and society.
The hijra community is essentially deprived of several rights under the country's existing law, because it recognises only two sexes, male and female. Time has come to promoting and protecting fundamental rights of the extreme socially excluded people.
He said a strong community support has become indispensable to free the population from stigmatised socially for protecting their fundamental rights. The anomalous situation could be addressed after creating mass awareness through community sensitisation as the patients have equal rights to survive after deriving total benefits of all the state facilities.

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