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A Story of The Forsaken

Even in the 21st century, the gender of a person determines their qualification, skills, purpose, and fortune. Butagain, we can say that The Growing Gender Diversity Issue Is a Key Towards Gender Equality. Now, we all know that women even in the 21st century have not been able to get equal rights and opportunities like men in every part of the world, butalso, they are not in the most vulnerable condition, as with the support of the government and different NGOs, where a huge number of women are getting positions equivalent to that of men based according to their qualifications which has made a revolutionary change in socio-eco-political context. Despite that, most of us do not know or refuse to believe that the most vulnerable condition is of the non-binary genders.

“Genderqueer,” also known as non-binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine— rather they are identities that stand outside the gender binary and cis-normativity. Genderqueer people may express a combination of masculinity and femininity or neither in their gender expression. They are described differently in different places in the world, in textbooks, or in dictionaries. In Bangladesh, they are called “Hijras.” We all have seen them pleading on the roads, in markets, or in other places for money. Some of us have even gotten irritated at them and denied helping them because of how different they appear to be. Some of us have been so scared that we even refused to cross the path where we would see them, and yet we never asked ourselves why they are in such a miserable condition. This part of society has been the victim of gross human rights violations for years.

In a developing country like Bangladesh where the rate of development in the past few decades has been commendable noticeably, but the transgendered people are looked down upon as they are not human beings and are treated brutally only because they do not conform to the gender identity that has been approved by the society. The phenomena are not the same everywhere. Our neighbor withwhom we share our border from three sides, India, is working progressively to secure the right of Transgenders. Even some other Asian and South Asian countries also have laws to protect the rights of these people by which they are recognized under the third gender group. Being a Hijra these individuals are suffering and being deprived of various social and legal rights. If all the citizens of this country stand self-reliant, they can be valuable assets.“Hijras” too are the citizens of this country, therefore, we should not see them as liabilities in our society, rather we can transform them into the assets of this country, and with our combined effort, this foot is not unattainable. If we help this community now, the benefit coming from them would also be going on behalf of all of us for the greater good. They are a part of this society too. If a part of the human body is injured, the performance of the whole body would start declining, with the injury left untreated. Similarly, in the broader context, if we do not help one small part of society, it can put a negative impact on the lives of the majority.

They have not been given their human rights to work, medical support, shelter,etc. They are treated with violence, harassment, humiliation, and so on, and yet the major part of our society is quiet as if their lives do not even matter. This research paper attempts to break why is it, important to provide technical education for running the cottage industry by the third-gender community, with the views of some individuals of this very community along with some other major influencers related to the subject matter, which have been collected by the author based on certain reports and field interviews. The research paper provides descriptive data analysis, findings, and results. Also, some recommendations have been given to support the idea to provide technical education tothe cottage industry, for the transgender community at the very end.




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