Tashnuva Anan Shishir: First Transgender News Anchor in Bangladesh

Tashnuva Anan Shishir, a talented model, actor, and social worker will start her journey as a news anchor from March 08, on International Women’s Day.

A Bangladeshi satellite private channel Boishkahi TV has hired the country’s first transgender TV newsreader.

Earlier this year Tashnuva has earned her scholarships in two categories to pursue higher studies in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), Brac University. Another iconic transgender woman in the country Ho Chi Minh Islam also got that scholarship.

In 2007 Tashnuva Anan Shishir began her acting career with the theatre group Natua. She has been a part of the theatre group BotTola for more than two years and appeared in many notable productions.

Tashnuva Anan Shishir: First Transgender News Anchor in Bangladesh
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Tashnuva Anan Shishir is set to appear in two full-length feature films this year, Anonno Mamun’s film ‘Koshai’ as a detective officer, and Syed Shahriar’s cinema ‘Goal’ where she will be seen as a football coach.

Transgender people face discrimination in Bangladesh and many struggle to find employment.
Some are forced into begging, dancing, or prostitution to earn money.

“I cannot express how overwhelming this is, for myself and my community. Individuals from my community have been bullied and harassed for a long, and only exposure like this can help create room for the development of our people in the society,” Shishir said after she was confirmed by the Boishkahi TV.

Earliar she worked as the Case Management Officer in the Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) from June 2020, worked as the project officer in Bandhu Social Welfare Society and also worked in other voluntary projects before for organizations including Sangat – A Feminist Network, Roopban, Oboyob, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), and as an Executive Officer for the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, among other things.

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