The Bandhu Media Fellowship 2016, organised by Bandhu Social Welfare Society and funded by the United Nations Development Programme, was handed out yesterday at capital’s Daily Star centre.
Presiding over the ceremony, Chief Information Commissioner Dr Golam Rahman said that Hijras could become part of the country's workforce if treated equally.
“I cannot even support calling them the Third Gender. Why do not we think of them as ordinary people like us?”
Transgender persons would continue to be marginalised as long as the society perceived them as a special minority group, the commissioner said.
This year Bandhu awarded 10 media fellows from different organisations. Dhaka Tribune Correspondent Adil Sakhawat was awarded the fellowship for his two stories on ensuring the rights of the sexual minority population.
Dr Golam Rahman urged the 2016 Bandhu fellows to continue writing on behalf of the transgender community not for the sake of rewards only but also as a duty.
Dhaka University journalism department’s Chairman Mofizur Rahman and Professor Abu Jafar Md Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan were present among others.
Dhaka University’s television and film studies Professor Abu Jafar called for the creation of more films based on the transgender community so that people can understand about them and not neglect them any more.