Tashnuva Anan Shishir, Bangladesh’s First Transgender News Anchor broadcast impeccably on Monday, International Women’s Day.
She has spent her life determined to study and advance her career so she could speak her mind, she says.
I never left school. My sixth sense always told me to keep studying. If I continue reading, I will be able to go somewhere,” she told BBC Bengali (in Bangla).
“I continued my studies despite enduring hundreds of insults day after day. All I had in mind is that I should continue my study.” She said.
Around 1.5 million people are transgender in Bangladesh and face discrimination and violence.
This brings happiness to every transgender person around the world.
A spokesman for Boishakhi TV, Julfikar Ali Manik, said it was a “historic step” and that the channel was determined to give her a chance despite the risk of backlash from some viewers, according to AFP news agency.
Ms. Shishir explained that she was “shaking inside” before going on air, but that she had “tried to think of stage dramas I’ve performed in and follow techniques I’ve learned there”.
First celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day is held across the world to recognize women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities.
Afterward, Tashnuva Anan Shishir was presented with red roses by co-presenters and cried with joy.