Nafisa Islam

Oct 06, 2021


Tashnuva Anan Shishir has become the first successful transgender  news anchor in Bangladesh. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Shishir was seen presenting a regular news bulletin for the first time at a private satellite television channel Boishakhi Television.

“Tashnuva Anan Shishir started her career in news at Boishakhi TV from March 8, International Women’s Day,” the channel said in a statement. Reportedly, the channel came up with this maiden initiative to not only mark International Women’s Day on March 8 but also in celebration of the country’s 50 years of independence on March 26. 

Tashnuva Anan Shishir is a renowned model and social worker. She has also been an actress for a long time. Shishir began her acting career in 2007 with the theatre troupe Natua. She has been a part of the theatre troupe BotTola for more than two years and has appeared in many notable productions. Recently, she has signed up for two movies and will be playing a female football coach in one of the films. Reportedly, Shishir is also a dancer and a voice artist. 

According to a report, Shishir has recently earned her scholarships to pursue higher studies in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), Brac University, along with another iconic transgender woman in the country.

As a social worker, Shishir has volunteered for organizations including Sangat – A Feminist Network, Roopban, Oboyob, and Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC). She has worked as the project officer in Bandhu Social Welfare Society. She was also the Executive Officer for the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh

Speaking about her appointment as a news anchor, Tashnuva Anan Shishir said she was overwhelmed. “I cannot express how overwhelming this is, for myself and my community. Individuals from my community have been bullied and harassed for a long time, and only exposure like this can help create room for the development of our people in the society,” she said.

Shishir said her dream is to build a team with aspiring dancers, actors and media personalities from the transgender community to raise awareness about the obstacles they face. “I want to help these individuals build sustainable livelihoods. We need to prioritise people’s capabilities over their gender identities,” she added. 

Shishir believes that adaptability, tolerance, and an eagerness for learning are important characteristics for succeeding in life. “Everyone must work to make themselves qualified. They must love themselves, work towards what they love,” says Shishir. “It is very important to make yourself qualified. It will take time, but qualification is the most crucial aspect in this journey.

Tashnuva’s  patience, ambition and courage make her different from everyone else.

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Nafisa Islam

Nafisa Islam

Nafisa Islam is an ardent youth from Bangladesh. Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, she is very much interested in using writing as a medium of expression to bring change to the way people think. She is very much passionate about children and their rights as well and would like to use her writing to bring justice to children facing difficulties. She also embodies an obsession with fashion and shows immense dedication towards her work. She always loves to be supportive and always likes to empower youth to advance in their careers and takes delight in seeing them happy and achieving their successes and goals.

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