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  • When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief, escalated into a violent confrontation between Jahanara and her neighbour Babul Mia. Angry at Jahanara, Babul Mia assaulted her and injured her eye, for which she required expensive medical treatment.

  • Sep 27, 2017

    Beginning in early childhood, a young hijra’s emerging gender identity and expression come into conflict with normative gender roles based on sex. A hijra’s self-realisation is noticed and tabooed by family members and society because of a lacking of knowledge and understanding about the third gender. Often, their families resist accepting their child’s gender identity. Fearing disgrace from society at large, they often resort to various forms of abuse in an effort to ‘fix’ their child, or ultimately exclude them from their family and home. Many hijras have no choice but to escape from their family’s maltreatment. The stigma and discrimination they face continue as they try to survive in a world that looks down on them.

  • Nov 7, 2018

    The Government of Bangladesh is strongly committed to reducing poverty, improving human development and reducing inequality. This commitment is reflected in Vision 2021, the Perspective Plan of Bangladesh 2010-2021 and in the Sixth Five Year Plan FY11-FY15. The Government seeks to build on past progress with poverty reduction and further deepen this progress by addressing the root causes of poverty and by lowering the impact of risks faced by the poor and vulnerable population

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