Opening of a craft showroom for transgender people

A handicraft and karushilpa showroom for third gender people has been opened in Rajshahi for the first time with the aim of integrating third gender people by turning them into income generators.

Uttaran Foundation started the business enriched with varieties of handicrafts, embroidery, stitching, handprints, bed sheets, nakshi katha and other male and female garments.

Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation and member of Bangladesh Awami League Presidium AHM Khairuzzaman Liton inaugurated the exhibition hall in Mollapara area in the afternoon as the chief guest.

Additional Inspector General of Police and Head of Tourist Police Habibur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Baten and Metropolitan Police Commissioner of Rajshahi Abu Kalam Siddique were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Liton believed that the proactive and sensible role of all neighborhoods has become crucial in ensuring the legitimate rights of third gender people, as they are an integral part of society.

Ensuring the health, education, social and legal rights of transgender people is very important to improve their living conditions and livelihoods.

Society as a whole and journalists in particular should adopt a positive attitude towards extremely socially excluded people for their coexistence in society.

Liton pointed out that community members were still subject to neglect and repression in all spheres of life, including family and society. The hijra community is deprived of several rights, he added.

He also said that the current government, especially Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is very much in favor of solving the existing problems of the hijra community.

The general public has a very narrow mentality towards asexual people and should change their mentality.

Being rejected by families, many grew up hating their bodies and fell victim to depression, drug addiction, violence and suicide, he added. About 2.5% of the total population were gender neutral, he said, adding that now was the time to ensure their basic rights.

Liton, however, said the business would go a long way in protecting them from deprivation and oppression.