Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) has been working for the sexual minority population to uphold their rights, epidemiology and livelihood opportunities challenges since 1996 in Bangladesh. The sexual minority groups are grossly ignored by the media in general, partly because of stigma and lack of clear understanding among journalists about the groups.
BSWS has been organizing the media fellowship program for last couple of years with a view to make a bridge between the sexually minority groups and the media. This year the fellowship applications advertisement has been published in the Prothom Alo on Friday, 7th August 2015.
A total of 10 fellowships will be offered to journalists from the national level media outlets including dailies, online newspapers, radio and television. Out of the 10 fellows, three will be from daily newspapers (Bengali and English daily), three will be from online newspapers/news agencies, three will be from television channels and one will be from radio.
Last date of submission of the fellowship application is 1st September, 2015. Interested journalists can avail the detail information of this prestigious media fellowship program through the website of BSWS. Their official website address is: www.bandhu-bd.org
Sexual minorities in Bangladesh, namely men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender/hijra communities face violence, discrimination and rejection from families, workplaces, educational institutions and broader society. They often cannot access the same services and rights as other citizens, and are vulnerable to poorer health. For example, HIV prevalence among populations of MSM and transgender people in South Asia has seen alarming increases in recent years and according to the Commission on AIDS in Asia (2008), greater than 50 percent of all new HIV infections could be among MSM by the year 2020.