IMG_7839In 2018, Bandhu received many complaints from hijra population related to their rights violation, though various initiatives have been taken for their quality of life! Considering this phenomenon, Bandhu designed a divisional level consultation with multi-level stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges faced by the hijra and for probable solutions.

Recently, Bandhu organized such consultation with DC and other relevant stakeholders at Rajshahi on 19 November, 2018. A total of 24 guests including government officials, NGO activists, lawyers, teacher, students and journalists participated in this consultation.

Abu Hayat Md. Rahmatullah, Additional District Commissioner (Revenue), Dr. Barnabus Hasdak, Deputy Civil Surgeon, Dr. Tabebur Rahman, Vice President (Bangladesh Medical Association) and Ashikuzzaman, Social Services Officer (Social Welfare Department) graced the consultation as guest of honor.

In the consultation, various issues and challenges were discussed and few recommendations have been made to elevate their standard of life. Dr. Tabebur Rahman opined that “its high time to develop residential school for hijras”. In this regard, he suggested that the hijra population should work in coordination with the administration for establishing such residential school in Rajshahi, which will be a great initiative if implemented. Moreover, Abu Hayat Md. Rahmatullah stated that in Rajshahi steps are being taken for the betterment of this community, for example: initiatives are under process of providing hijras with separate lands, where various skill development trainings will be conducted for them.