On December 9, in the main auditorium of the National Museum, a dance program ‘Rejoice Life’ was hosted by Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu), which covered seven thematic dance performances with the performance of Transgender and Hijra community. Artists from Sattaya (Essence of soul), a core cultural group of the Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu), took part in the dance program. Bandhu formed this cultural group named ‘Sattaya’ with members of Transgender, Hijra, and Gender Diverse Communities in 2006 to create mass awareness using the in-built skills of the community. The event was organized with the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI) to protest against gender-based violence (16 days of Activism). For more than two decades, Bandhu has been working to protect human rights, improve livelihood, and ensure health care services for Transgender, Hijras, and gender diverse people. The dance performances of ‘Rejoice Life’ presented different themes i.e protest against Violence against Women and Gender Diversity, women empowerment, Awareness on Covid-19, beauty of Natures through folk dance, Seasonal Diversity of Bangladesh, claiming Rights, progressive Bangladesh to achieve SDGs. The performances were choreographed by prominent choreographer Kabirul Islam Ratan.

Deputy Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, Habibur Rahman BPM (Bar), PPM, Residential Program Director for Bangladesh, International Republican Institute (IRI), Geoffrey Macdonald, and Director General of the Department of Youth Development, Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir were present in the ‘Rejoice Life’ event as distinguished guests.

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