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Bangladesh’s first religious school for transgenders has opened in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s first religious school for transgenders has opened in Dhaka

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What happened: Bangladesh has opened its first school dedicated solely to transgender in the capital city Dhaka. They will be taught Islamic values and vocational subjects. 

Who’s funding it: Funding for the madrassa comes from a foundation set up with money left by the late Ahmad Ferdous Bari Chowdhury, a businessman who wanted to educate the hijra community. 

Fees and expense: This school has been made free of charge for a community that has so far lived cut off from society, only earning their livelihood through dancing in special functions.

Many in the transgender community is identify as a third gender which is now officially recognized in the country.

In Bangladesh, they have the right to vote and to stand for election, but traditional social attitudes still make it hard for them to access jobs and education.

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