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UNFPA pledges to protect gender diversity in Bangladesh


Webinar participants to observe the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence organized by Bandhu Social Welfare Society on Thursday, November 25, 2021 Courtesy

UN agency will do everything to end gender-based violence, says senior official

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

“We must encourage people of diverse genders to access protection and medical services, and ensure that no form of discrimination is tolerated in the provision of services,” said the UNFPA chief of health Vibhavendra Raghuvanshi at an event on Thursday.

He said UNFPA will do everything in its power to help the government ensure that no gender person has to fear violence because of their identity.


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Raghuvanshi was speaking at a webinar hosted by the 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 design solutions to protect people of heterogeneous gender in the country.

Head of EU Delegation to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley, representatives from government and UN agencies, as well as transgender activists participated in the webinar and highlighted the need to end discrimination and stigma against gender minorities.