Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities of Hijras Today

Published April 19, 2023
Location South Asia
Language English

A new policy report published by Misum affiliated researcher Enrico Fontana marks this year’s International Transgender Day of Visibility by looking at the social and workplace-related struggles faced by the hijra community in Bangladesh.

This report on hijras in Bangladesh represents a critical step towards addressing the issues faced by transgender individuals worldwide. Although recognising hijras in 2013 have represented an important step for change, hijras in Bangladesh continue to face major barriers that prevent them from thriving in life. The report highlights that the lack of employment opportunities and fears of discrimination at work are the main causes of why many hijras continue to be exploited and found on streets and crossroads begging for money to survive.

By recognising hijras in Bangladesh and promoting transgender inclusion, this report offers hope for a more inclusive and equitable world. The report underscores the importance of creating an environment that enables transgender individuals to experience safety, access training opportunities, and thrive in their chosen careers. The report also demonstrates that businesses can play a critical role in promoting gender equality and reducing inequalities by advocating for the protection of transgender individuals.

This report is critical not only for the business community but also for society as a whole. Through this research and advocacy, it is creating a more inclusive and equitable world for all individuals.

About the author

Enrico Fontana, PhD is a senior lecturer of sustainable business at Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom. He is an affiliated researcher at Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden) and a visiting fellow at Sasin School of Management (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand). His research focuses on addressing social and environmental challenges in South and Southeast Asia.

This report was written in collaboration with the Bandhu Social Welfare Society and is the result of ongoing research conducted with hijras in Bangladesh.

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