Book on transgender people launched

DU Correspondent | Published: 00:41, Sep 05,2019


Guests and dignitaries hold copies of a book by Zobaida Nasreen on gender diversity during its launch in Dhaka University on Wednesday. — New Age photo

A book on struggles of transgender people in society was launched at a programme at Dhaka University on Wednesday.

Dhaka University anthropology department and the American Centre, Dhaka jointly organised the launching of the book ‘Narratives of Gender Diverse People’ by anthropology department associate professor Zobaida Nasreen.  Sraban Prokashani published the book.

US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller attended the function as chief guest while Dhaka University pro vice-chancellor (academic) Nasreen Ahmad and social science faculty dean Sadeka Halim were present as special guests.

Earl R Miller said transgender community around the world was facing violence and becoming victims of hatred and they face difficulties to meet their basic need which was unfortunate.

He urged the youth, who are the future leaders, to come forward to save this vulnerable world which was divided by race, religion and gender.

Nasreen Ahmad said members of transgender community must be given the opportunity to find employment so that they could contribute to the society and the nation.

She also hoped that in near future Dhaka University would enrol transgender people in courses it offers.

Sadeka Halim said many people still lack understanding the transgender people and they commonly face a wide variety of discrimination.

Joya Sikder, a transgender person, at the ceremony said that though Bangladesh officially recognises hijras or transgender as a separate gender or third sex, they were still deprived of most of the basic rights like health, education.  

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