She was awarded for her work on transgender rights
Dhaka Tribune journalist Bilkis Irani has received an award for her work on transgender rights.
Bilkis secured second place at the 8th Bandhu-UNAIDS Media Award Ceremony 2018; while Jamuna Television’s Rabbi Siddique, and Bangla Tribune’s Hitlar A Halim secured the first and third place awards, respectively.
Jagannath University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman was present at the ceremony as the chief guest.
National Press Club General Secretary Farida Yasmin was also present among others at the event.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) started its journey in 1996 in order to address the healthcare needs and human rights issues of sexual minority populations; to achieve a vision of a Bangladesh where every person—irrespective of their gender and sexuality—is able to lead a quality life with dignity, human rights, and social justice.
To address the situation of Hijras, and members of other diverse communities in Bangladesh, Bandhu introduced the Media Fellowship Initiative in 2011; to leverage the influence of the media to work in line with improving the rights and the health of these communities.
For the eighth presentation of the awards, Bandhu partnered with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).