To acknowledge and respect the work of Laila Hijra, Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) organized an award giving ceremony on the observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2020 on Thursday, 19 November, 2020 in the Hall room of Bangladesh Girls Guide Association, Bailyroad.  Parliamentarian and prominent human rights activist Mrs. Aroma Dutta handed-over the first ‘Laila Hijra Memorial Award 2020’ to Hijra Guru Ms. Boby Hijra for her contribution in improving the lives of transgender and Hijra community and ensuring their rights & self-acceptance. Mrs Aroma Dutta said in her speech as chief guest, the gazette of Hijra Gender will be published as law soon and personally she will discuss about this issue with speaker.  The special guests at the event were Mrs. Shaheen Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation and Mrs. Sumana Binte Masud, Project Management Specialist-Civil Society Advisor, USAID Bangladesh. This award giving ceremony was chaired by prominent cultural activist and Chairperson of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) Mr. Anisul Islam Hero. At the end of the program, the Dance group of Bandhu “Essence of Soul” -সত্ত্বা performed in the memory of Laila Hijra.

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