The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was observed on May 17th 2019, coordinating international events that raised awareness of the sexual and gender diverse population’s rights violations and stimulated interest in the rights of these populations to work worldwide. The global theme for this year was ‘Justice and Protection for All’.
Due to the Ramadan and Eid festivities, the Bandhu Social Welfare Society celebrated this global event on 26th June 2019, at an award giving ceremony to recognize, and show appreciation for, the initiatives and contribution made by various stakeholders that have taken an active role and been an integral part of activism regarding protection and upholding human rights and justice for the sexual and gender diverse population of Bangladesh.
The Bandhu Social Welfare Society began its journey in 1996 with a mission to address the health care needs and human rights issues of sexual minority populations and to achieve a vision of a Bangladesh where every person, irrespective of their gender and sexuality, is able to lead a quality life with dignity, human rights and social justice.
Under the guidance of our managing director, MD Mostafiz Uddin, we at Denim Expert Ltd. strive to offer equal opportunity for all – regardless of gender, religion or sexual persuasion, in the belief that opportunities should be equal to all and individuals assessed on their capabilities alone.
It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we are able to announce that Denim Expert Ltd. will receive the ‘ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD’ award at the ‘Justice and Protection for All’ event on 26th June, in recognition of the successful integration of transgender employees into the Denim Expert family, following the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Bandhu and the company in 2018.
This prestigious event was be attended by various luminaries from the Bangladesh manufacturing and communications industries, together with special guests of honour, including:
- His Excellency Earl R. Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh as chief guest
- Her Excellency Julia Niblett, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
- Her Excellency Winnie Estrup Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh,
as special guests.
We at Denim Expert Ltd. are exceedingly proud to be receiving the award for ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD from the Bandhu Social Welfare Society. The success of the transgender integration programme is of great importance to us as a company, and we pledge to strive to improve the situation of the neglected transgender community within our society and raise awareness amongst others within our business community who can contribute to this worthwhile endeavour.