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UNFPA pledges protection of gender diverse population in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:03 am November 26th, 2021
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Participants of the webinar to observe the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence organized by Bandhu Social Welfare Society oon Thursday, November 25, 2021 Courtesy

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has urged the government to ensure protection of the transgender people of Bangladesh, since they face an exceptionally high risk of gender-based violence.

“We must encourage gender diverse people to access protection and medical services, and make sure that no form of discrimination is tolerated in service delivery,” UNFPA Chief of Health Vibhavendra Raghuvanshi said at an event on Thursday.

He said that the UNFPA would do everything in its power to support the government in making sure that no gender diverse person has to fear violence as a result of who they are.


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Raghuvanshi was speaking at a webinar organized by Bandhu Social Welfare Society on the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Bandhu has developed an advocacy brief to encourage national decision makers to devise solutions to protect gender diverse people in the country.

Head of the EU Delegation to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley, representatives of the government and UN agencies, and transgender activists took part in the webinar, and stressed the need for ending discrimination and stigma against gender minorities.

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