Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) hosted a consultation meeting with the member of district legal AID committee (DLAC) members in collaboration with National Legal Aid Services organization (NLASO) on “Ensuring Social Justice for the Gender Diverse Community through Legal Aid”. The meeting was held on 28th February 2021 at the conference room of NLASO.

Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Former Chairman. National Human Rights Commission took part as honorable guest and facilitated a very interactive and spontaneous session on “Country laws and Challenges to get Access Equal Rights as Transgender in Bangladesh.” Throughout the session he tried to describe the discriminatory laws that existed in Bangladesh and how the judges can show commiserative behavior towards the gender diverse community and help to achieve their rights.

Mr. Md. Saiful Islam, Senior District and Sessions Judge and Director of National Legal Aid and Services organization was present as special guest and delivered his valuable remarks giving thanks to Bandhu for their tremendous works with this most disadvantaged population in Bangladesh. He appreciated about the Bandhu’s initiatives to protect the human rights of gender diverse community ensuring legal support which is very timely and important initiative.

Mr. Shale Ahmed, Executive Director, Bandhu Social Welfare Society expressed optimism to continue this initiatives and support from the DLAC members.

The participants were well sensitized about discrimination against the Gender Diverse community and they hoped that they will be able to work with Bandhu’s Panel Lawyers across the country more particularly the working areas of Bandhu to ensure the equal rights for Gender Diverse Community. The participants also explored the legal obligations which are in existence in Domestic laws and ensuing challenges faced by this community in term of laws, policies, legal aid and practice.