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Social Exclusion - A Panel Discussion on Transgender Rights

Panel Discussion

Date: Apr 18, 2020
Time: 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Venue: Online, Zoom

Join us for a virtual conversation via Zoom this Saturday with a diverse group of social activists, lawyers and photojournalists who come together to represent and address the social exclusion of the transgender community, especially during the time of crisis. They actively fight for an inclusive and open society that is free of stigma and discrimination. 

This panel will address the following

  • Politics of social exclusion 
  • Sexual identity in our society
  • Mental health for minorities
  • Healthcare 
  • Government support and legal frameworks for the transgender community

In the Panel, we have Dr Aijaz Ahmad, LGBTQIA activist from Kashmir, Grace Banu Dalit Transgender activist and writer from Tamil Nadu, Kiruba Munusamy, an advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India and the founder of the Legal Initiative For Equality and award-winning photojournalist Sindhuja Parthasarathy from Chennai. 

Know about your Panellists:

Dr Aijaz Ahmad

Dr. Aijaz Ahmad is an LGBTQIA activist from Kashmir. He is the Founder and chairperson of Sonzal Welfare Trust that works exclusively for the wellbeing of gender and sexual minorities in the region. 

Grace Banu - @gracebanu

Grace Banu is a Dalit Transgender activist and writer from Tamil Nadu. She's actively involved in relief work for transgender communities in rural & urban Tamil Nadu.

Kiruba Munusamy - @kirubamunusamy

Kiruba Munusamy is an advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India and the founder of the Legal Initiative For Equality. She is a judicial activist striving for social justice and equality. 

Sindhuja Parthasarathy - @sindhusarathy

Sindhuja Parthasarathy is an award-winning humanitarian photojournalist based out of Chennai, India. The core of her work explores gender equity, indigenous human rights issue and environmental sustainability issues. 

How to Join?

No registration required. Join us on Apr 18, Saturday at 5 pm using the link -   
https://link.chennaiphotobiennale.com/PanelDiscussion

For queries, email us at programming@chennaiphotobiennale.com 


Donation Information

Sonzal Welfare Trust
Sonzal Welfare Trust is a grassroots initiative for the wellbeing of gender and sexual minorities in Kashmir. It aims to build a supportive institutional framework, incorporating SHGs for the transgender community so that they can lead a life of dignity, access proper sexual and mental health care services and sustain themselves. 
Our Key Areas of Intervention are:
Public Awareness and Advocacy to influence policy
Education, health and livelihood of transgender community.
Skill identification and capacity building to create sustainable SHGs
Social  economic and political Empowerment.
Legal aid and support to the survivors of  Violence

Payment Information
Sonzal Welfare Trust
J&K Bank 0185010100011038



COVID 19 Livelihood Loss Support for Transgender Persons Thoothukudi

Activist Grace Banu is raising funds to support the transgender community in rural areas of Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). 

Rural transgender persons in kovilpatti taluk, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu are heavily dependent on begging as their only source of livelihood. Physical distancing is a privilege for many of them living in cramped communes. Most transgender people do not have government ID proofs viz. Aadhaar, DL, Passport, PAN, RATION, Voter ID cards and end up getting excluded even out of Food Security despite the Food Security Act and/or any other social welfare schemes of the state and central governments.   In these overwhelming times, there is an urgent need to assist the transgender communities with their expenses this coming month.

Request for contributions to support this cause.

Bank details:
G.GRACE BANU
ACC NO-20132818121
branch code-2239
nandambakkam branch
State bank of india 
IFSC code-SBIN0002239

G-Pay/Phonepe:+91 7708789616

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