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12:00 AM, March 09, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:22 AM, March 09, 2021

Shishir shatters glass ceiling

Becomes country’s first transgender news anchor

Her voice on TV was bold and confident.

"Today is a special day for the country's mass media. Boishakhi TV and I reached a milestone," Tashnuva Anan Shishir said before the bulletin at 4:00pm yesterday.

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"As a transgender woman, this is the first time in the country I am appearing before viewers as a professional newscaster.

"I am starting the delivery of the news bulletin expecting your [viewers'] love for Boishakhi TV for making history ... ," she added.

She presented the midday news on Boishkahi TV on the occasion of International Women's Day.

Greetings and good wishes poured in under the recorded version of her first news presentation on YouTube as people hailed her and the TV channel.

Passionate about dancing and acting from a young age, Shishir completed her master's in sociology from National University.

Shishir is a dedicated social worker and activist, having worked at Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, and Bandhu Social Welfare Society.

She began her acting career in 2007 with the theatre troupe Natua and has been a part of troupe BotTola for more than two years. She has appeared in a number of theatre productions with many groups. Shishir is also a freelance voice artiste and a professional model.

She began acting on screen in 2012. Shishir is also the founder of Shree, a non-profit organisation that supports marginalised communities.

Shishir, along with Ho Chi Minh Islam, another transgender woman from Bangladesh, recently received a scholarship to pursue higher studies at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health. She has already started her classes online.

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