Tashnuva gets featured in Time’s 100 best photos of 2021
Tashnuva Anan Shishir, who made history by becoming Bangladesh's first-ever transgender woman news presenter on a television channel, has been featured in the prestigious Time Magazine's top 100 best photos of 2021.
"I am excited about this global recognition for myself and my community, especially as someone who came from the root level," said Tashnuva.
She started anchoring the regular news bulletin on private television channel Boishakhi Television on March 8, marking the International Women's Day.
The US-based Time magazine featured a photo of her clicked by AFP Dhaka photographer Munir Uz Zaman in the newsroom, accompanied by her co-workers wearing matching outfits to mark the day.
"Tashnuva Anan Shishir made history as Bangladeshand's first transgender news anchor by reading a three-minute news segment in Dhaka on March 8, International Women's Day," Time captioned the image on its website.
The image is now being virtually displayed in an unranked list covering the most important and iconic 100 moments of 2021.
Tashnuva said, "Individuals from my community need such recognition, as they truly work hard, and exposures like this will help me work for the development of our people in the society and ensure they get what they deserve."
Tashnuva is currently pursuing a Master's degree in public health at the Brac James P Grant School of Public Health under Brac University, with two scholarships in two categories.
She is pursuing the degree along with Ho Chi Minh Islam, another iconic transgender woman in the country.
Tashnuva Anan Shishir challenged the identity of Kamal Hossain Shishir, her old self, and eventually came out as a trans-woman during her 20s, while starting her solo journey with social work, dance and theatre.
She has been an active member of the renowned theatre troupe BotTala, and recently took part in Anonno Mamun's film "Koshai" as a detective. She will also appear in Syed Shahriar's film "Goal", where she will play the character of a football coach.
She has also worked as the case management officer in the Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program from June 2020, as the project officer in Bandhu Social Welfare Society and in other voluntary projects for organisations, including Sangat - A Feminist Network, Roopban, Oboyob and Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center.
She was the executive officer for the National Human Right's Commission in Bangladesh, research assistant for Re-Think Bangladesh and ICDDR, B, as well as the cultural facilitator for Social Economic Enhancement Program.