Tashnuva Anan becomes Bangladesh’s first transgender news anchor

For the first time in Bangladesh, a television station has hired a transgender as a newscaster.

Tashnuva Anan Shishir will start her career in news at Boishakhi TV from March 8, International Women’s Day, the TV station said in a statement.

A performer by profession, Tashnuva has been modelling and acting for a long time. This year, she signed up for two movies, where she will play the role of a female football coach in one.

Earlier this year, Tashnuva got herself in the Brac James P Grant School of Public Health at Brac University along with another transgender woman, Ho Chi Minh Islam.

They got scholarships for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

Bangladesh’s transgender community, colloquially called “hijra”, has been mistreated for decades. An estimated 10,000 to half a million — of Bangladesh’s population of around 160 million belong to the third gender community.

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