Meeting of the Task Force of Gender Diverse Population
On 7th April, 2022 Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) organized its third Task Force meeting at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka. The Task Force members consisted of Govt. officials, UN bodies, Member(s) of Judiciary, academicians, journalists, faith leaders, NGOs and Community representatives as well as activists. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Aroma Dutta, Parliament Member, Bangladesh Government. The taskforce focused on Health and Human Rights advocacy through knowledge generation, evidence-based advocacy amongst different stakeholders and GOB to ensure accessible health care service and provide social support to GDP organizations and individuals who defend the human rights of GDP and promoting conducive policy environment. In this third meeting, agendas like the NCTB Curriculum review, Hijra Nitimala and the formation of a Hijra and Transgender caucus in the parliament were discussed detailing the progress update from Bandhu.
The members provided necessary guidance and advice on how to move forward in terms of forming caucus involving concerned persons and the department as well. In addition, necessary supports were assured to extend from the members following the action plan that developed in first meeting ended. The meeting ended with the speech of Ms. Aroma Dutta where he thanked all the taskforce members for their valuable feedback and contributions.