The Long Journey Toward Recognition of a Third Gender

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UNITED NATIONS - The world is slowly, but painfully, moving towards the formal recognition of the existence of a third gender besides male and female.
“The rights of transgender people – to their own identity and to access to health, education, work, housing and other rights – are being increasingly widely recognised,” Charles Radcliffe from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told IPS.

In South Asia, he noted, there has long been a tradition of a third gender. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have all moved in the direction of granting recognition to trans or third gender people. (END//2014)

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