Since news on the first ever National Hijra Habba still continues to roll in, we decided to highlight some of what we’ve recently received (which includes the brilliantly emotive photo of Abhina and Yadavendra above)!
In addition to the articles covered by the Hindu and the Deccan Herald which you can view on our Facebook page, Jezebel.com’s recent article, India’s ‘Third Gender’ Community Demands Social Equality and Its Own Passport Designation proved to be as interesting a read as the article published by the Asian Tribune, Landmark meet on sexual minorities: National Hijra Habba Consultation.
In case you haven’t seen it or would like to view it again, we have re-posted a very moving video on the Hijra Habba which was created a few days ago! You can view it below.
And now for our photos! These photos, which include the image at the beginning of this post, have been collected from various news sources and really capture the spirit of the event! In addition to Abhina, Yadavendra and Simran, other members of the Pehchan family have also been beautifully portrayed in these pics.
Stay tuned for more news on the great work that Pehchan continues to do!
With support from the Global Fund, Pehchan builds the capacity of 200 community-based organisations (CBOs) for men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders and hijras in 17 states in India to be more effective partners in the government’s HIV prevention programme. By supporting the development of strong CBOs, Pehchan will address some of the capacity gaps that have often prevented CBOs from receiving government funding for much-needed HIV programming. Named Pehchan which in Hindi means ‘identity’, ‘recognition’ or ‘acknowledgement,’ this programme is implemented by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in consortium with Humsafar Trust, SAATHII, Sangama, and SIAAP and will reach 453,750 MSM, transgenders and hijras by 2015. It is the Global Fund’s largest single-country grant to date focused on the HIV response for vulnerable sexual minorities.