In November 2014, a thousand Hijras took to the streets of Dhaka to celebrate the landmark decision made by the Government to legally recognise Hijras as a third gender. This was the first ever transgender pride, organised by GHRD’s local partner Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS), which marked the decision of the Government and celebrated gender diversity in Bangladesh.
Universal Children’s Day is held on the 20th November each year to promote international collaboration and awareness among children worldwide. The date marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. This year Manav Vikash Kendra organized a 4-day long celebration with the focus on the right to education of Musahar Children. The Musahar is a Hindu caste who lives on the margin of society due to India's harsh cast system. The marginalization is especially visible when it comes to development, be it economic growth or social perception
Stephanie Eger, one of GHRD’s volunteers, has spent 4 weeks travelling through Nepal on behalf of GHRD. The purpose of her trip was meeting and working alongside GHRD’s local partners in order to better understand their everyday realities and explore new avenues for the promotion of human rights through GHRD and its local grass-root partners. Here’s her story.
GHRD is deeply troubled by the scale and ferocity of the pervasive attacks against indigenous people in CHT. The perpetrators of arson attacks on indigenous Jumma people’s homes, shops and places of worship in Naniarchar Upazila of Rangamati District must be brought to justice. Solid measures must be taken to address the urgent need for protection of Jumma people in the area.
As the UN kicked off a worldwide 16-day campaign against gender-based violence on the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Bangladesh witnessed alarming levels of violence against indigenous women and girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and the “plain lands” of the country. Since January 2014, GHRD together with its local partners documented at least 58 cases of sexual and physical assaults against indigenous women and girls. The UN called on the world to join the "Orange YOUR Neighbourhood" campaign to mobilise action for a future without violence against women and girls. The situation in Bangladesh proves that such campaigns are now more needed than ever due to a long-standing culture of impunity for violence against indigenous women and girls.