On Wednesday evening, in the main auditorium of the National Museum, a dance program ‘Rejoice Life’ which covered seven thematic dance performances, was held with the performance of Transgender and Hijra dancers. Artists from Sattaya (Essence of soul), a cultural group of the Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu), took part in the dance program. Bandhu has formed the cultural group named ‘Sattaya’ with members of Transgender, Hijra and Gender Diverse Communities. The dance performances of ‘Rejoice Life’ presented Protest against Violence against Women and Gender Diversity, Rights Awareness, Covid-19 Awareness, Natural Beauty of Bangladesh, Seasonal Diversity of Bangladesh. The performances were choreographed by prominent dancer Kabirul Islam Ratan.
In protest of gender-based violence, many activities against Gender Base Violence (GBV) are observed for 16 days’ long in every year from November 25 to December 10 under the umbrella of ’16 Days of Activism’. Violence against women and girls is at the center of the 16 Days of Activism program, but there is no opportunity to exclude Transwomen, Hijras and Gender Diverse population as they are one of the major victims of gender based violence in Bangladesh.
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) has organized this thematic dance program with the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI) to protest against gender-based violence. For more than two decades, Bandhu has been working to protect human rights, improve livelihood and ensure heath care services for Transgender, Hijras and gender diverse people.
Deputy Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, Habibur Rahman BPM (Bar), PPM, Residential Program Director for Bangladesh, International Republican Institute (IRI), Geoffrey Macdonald, and Director General of the Department of Youth Development, Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, were present in the ‘Rejoice Life’ event as distinguished guests.