This is a report from United Nations Radio.

All people need to be valued and included in development activities regardless of their gender identity, according to a representative from UN Women in Bangladesh.

Raising awareness about gender equality, Christine Hunter stated that gender is still understood as physically determined, leading to the discrimination of the transgender community in Bangladesh who are also called the “Hijras”.

Though the Hijra community has been recognised as a third gender in Bangladesh, they continue to remain victims of human right abuses.

I spoke to Ms Hunter about the issue.

Listen to the report here: