Somporker Noya Setu | সম্পর্কের নয়া সেতু

The project LEGD

The project LEGD

It’s a 10-month long project under BLAST 

Our activities are : 

  1. 6 UTHON-boithok with the local gender diverse people to give them information about their identity and equal rights. 
  2. 1 stakeholder meeting with the local administrative and advocacy consultants. 3. women’s day observation.
  3. Give narrative financial report monthly over the activism. 
  4. Revised budget report to the BLAST 

Hopefully, this information is helpful in taking a clear idea about SOMPORKER NOYA SETU  and its action. Now you can clearly understand what type of work SOMPORKER NOYA SETU  does and why. We would succeed if this overview can get your queries, answered.

The project JPG

The project JPG

It was under Brac University. In that program, SNS worked as a consultant through its focal person JOYA  SIKDER. It started on 17th April and finished on 30th April 2016. 

Our step was to accomplish the goal :

  1. An art exhibition was arranged by SNS on local brothels  

The project ShareNet :  

This project was 11 months long from October 2015 to August 2016. It was a partnership  agreement between BRAC institute of educational Development[ BIED ] 

Our activities were : 

  1. Arranging meetings in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barisal, and Chattagram in different zones for the young transgender people. 
  2. Art exhibition by the young youth transgender community. 
  3. Giving them proper knowledge about their right through the meetings 
  4. Counseling gender-diverse community people for making them mentally strong &  confident.  

These were the projects we have accomplished successfully. 


The project of ASTREA foundation, inc. : 

It was started on 1 July 2021 and it will end up by 30 June 2022 

 We are following up on this activity:  

  1. Arranging training to enhance leadership and networking skill among the young diverse community. 
  2. Capacity building training  
  3. One advocacy meeting for the sexual minority people. 
  4. Give a final narrative report on overall activities within 2 weeks after the project ends. 
The project OXFAM Bangladesh

The project OXFAM Bangladesh

It was completed in 2013 successfully with dignity. It was a small charity program of one-day duration. 

Our activity was distributing warm clothes among 100 gender-diverse people in the local area of  Dhaka city. 

That was so amazing and helpful for the minority people to support them that we are here for them any time. 


The ActionAid Project

The ActionAid Project

In this project, we had to obtain 3 goals individually. 

This project was about gender diverse & sexual minority people. 



  1. A drama played out by SNS members the drama was directed by Rafiqul Islam Tutul who is the general secretary of SNS. 
  2. There was an art exhibition by the minority people. 
  3. There was an open discussion meeting on the topic of gender diversity & sexual minority people having to suffer & about the way out.  


Our second goal with ACTION AID  

  1. A drama was played out in the direction of Rafiqul Islam Tutul on the theme of women having to suffer in our cities. 

** the drama theme was like a thundering slap on the face of social norms. 

  1. The drama was acted by SNS member. 

The phobia of mainstream people about gender diverse people  

  1. There was a meeting & an open conversation session over the topic & the way out.
Tarok: An insight into the plights of transgender Bangladeshis

Tarok: An insight into the plights of transgender Bangladeshis

Two nocturnal birds are talking to each other. They suddenly see a group of people digging a grave. As one bird asks the other about it, a story unfolds — zooming in on an individual named Kabir.
The play “Tarok” — on the life of Kabir, an individual belonging to the sexual minority group — was staged at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on June 6.
Bengal Foundation has produced the 50-minute play that was staged by the group Shamparker Noya Shetu (SNS). Rafiqul Islam wrote the play, borrowing elements from the daily lives of the members of the group. Anisul Haque who adapted and directed it considered it “challenging”.
The play unfolds as the mythical talking birds narrate Kabir’s story. They talk about the world below and mankind.
Born as a male child, Kabir is forced to face his ‘anomalies’ as he grows older. From there begins a ruthless cycle of discrimination, humiliation, and victimization. Kabir’s eventual induction into a guru’s safe haven and its cheap glitters cannot make his life better.
The play might not be aesthetically or artistically rich, but it aptly conveyed the necessary message. The symbolic use of masks was apt.
The cast included amateur actors — Md. Rafiqul Islam, Kajol Howladar, Mustafizur Rahman, Jihad, Hridoy, Al-Amin, Mintu, Billal, Sohel, Shohag and Md. Ripon. Nasirul Haque Khokon designed the light, while Komol Khalid worked on the musical scores.
A 10-minute documentary on the making of the play was screened prior to the show.
Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation, explained the reason behind this initiative. She said that it was part of their efforts to connect people with the practice of arts and to make room for cultural expressions. Human rights activist Khushi Kabir, among others, spoke at the program.
Joya Shikdar, president of SNS, said that they wanted to share their agony and woes with a broader section of society. But insensitivity still reigns supreme. During a scene where Kabir meets others like him for the first time, a section of the audience was laughing, as if it was something entertaining.
The disheartened look on Joya’s face said a thousand words.