Time magazine features Tashnuva Anan Shishir in the top 100 photos of 2021


Tashnuva Anan Shishir made history as Bangladesh’s first transgender TV news anchor reading a three-minute report in Dhaka on March 8, International Women’s Day. Munir Uz Zaman — AFP / Getty Images

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Tashnuva Anan Shishir made history as Bangladesh’s first transgender TV news anchor reading a three-minute report in Dhaka on March 8, International Women’s Day. Munir Uz Zaman — AFP / Getty Images

Tashnuva Anan Shishir, who made history as Bangladesh’s first-ever transgender female news anchor on a TV channel, was named to the prestigious Time Magazine‘s Top 100 Pictures of 2021.

“I am very excited by this worldwide recognition for myself and my community, especially as someone who comes from a very deep level,” said Tasnuva sharing her joy with UNB.

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She started broadcasting the regular newsletter on the private satellite television station Boishakhi Television on March 8, marking International Women’s Day.

The American Time magazine published a photo of her clicked by AFP photographer Munir Uz Zaman on March 8 in the Boishakhi TV newsroom, accompanied by her colleagues wearing the same thematic sarees marking the day. .

“Tashnuva Anan Shishir made history as Bangladesh’s first transgender news anchor reading a three-minute report in Dhaka on March 8, International Women’s Day. Munir Uz Zaman — AFP / Getty Images,” Time wrote in the caption of the image on its website.

The image of Tasnuva in the Boishakhi TV newsroom with his colleagues, placed next to moments such as George Floyd’s family applauding during the verdict, and the Taliban entering and standing together during evening prayers near the Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is now virtually displayed in an unranked list covering the 100 most important and iconic moments of the 2021 event.

In her response, she told UNB, “I am very excited about this worldwide recognition for myself and my community, especially as a person from the root level.”

“Individuals in my community need to get the recognition they work really hard for, and such exposure will help me work for the development of our people in society, to make sure they get what they deserve.” , said Tasnuva.

She said she wanted to represent Bangladesh “beyond an unimaginable and glorious level; and with this kind of global spotlight on individuals like me, I believe our society will thrive towards sustainability and community development in a near future, transcending stereotypical barriers. “

Tasnuva is currently pursuing graduate studies in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program of the international platform Brac James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), University of Brac, with her two earned scholarships in two categories.

She is continuing her studies with Ho Chi Minh Islam, another iconic transgender woman in the country.

Today’s Tashnuva Anan Shishir questioned the identity of Kamal Hossain Shishir, her former self – and eventually became a trans woman in her twenties, while beginning her solo journey with social work, dancing. and the theater.

She has been an active member of the famous BotTala theater troupe, and recently she appeared in Anonno Mamun’s film “Koshai” as a detective officer, and appeared in Syed Shahriar’s “Goal” cinema. where she will be seen as a football coach.

During her illustrious career, she worked as a case management manager in the Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan (OKUP) program from June 2020, worked as a project manager in the Bandhu Social Welfare Society and has also worked in other volunteer projects previously for organizations such as Sangat – A Feminist Network, Roopban, Oboyob and Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC).

She was also the executive director of the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission; Research assistant for Re Think Bangladesh and icddr, b (International Diarrheal Diseases Research Center, Bangladesh), as well as cultural facilitator for SEPP (Economic and Social Strengthening Program).

The 2021 list of the 100 best images selected by Time magazine is available at this link – https: //time.com/6123078/top-100-photos-2021/? Fbclid = IwAR0_qtrgHhsq6Xu5w …


Amanda P. Whitten