Bangladesh’s first trans* news reader appointed
A private news channel has appointed Bangladesh’s first transgender news presenter. Tashnuva Anan Shishir will start presenting news for Boishakhi TV from the International Women’s Day on March 8. This was announced on Friday by the TV news channel.
The Boishakhi TV authorities told media that the appointment of the transgender newscaster was done on the occasion of 50 years of liberation of Bangladesh as it was the most neglected population of the country.
The TV channel has appointed another transgender Nusrat Mau as one of the main characters for the regular drama section of the TV channel’s entertainment wing.
Tashnuva Anan is a model and actor who began her career in theatre group Natua in 2007. She has been actively associated with theatre in Bangladesh with appearances in many popular productions.
The Bangladesh government has taken several steps to ensure the dignity and rights of the transgender persons. They have been given the right to vote and stand in elections. Government provides an allowance to a large number of transgenders in the country. However, they suffer from social stigma and discrimination and remain one of the most marginalised and violated groups in the country.