Dalits in Bangladesh at La Galerie

Every day we walk down the streets of Dhaka but we never look back and think about who keeps the streets and sewer systems clean. They are the unseen. They are overlooked from our sight and mind. There are between 5.5 to 6.5 million unseen Dalits in Bangladesh. To recognize the contribution of this community and their resilience, Christian Aid Bangladesh and Alliance Française de Dhaka has organised a solo photography exhibition by renowned photojournalist GMB Akash titled Unseen in Our Sight: Dalits in Bangladesh at La Galerie. The photographs were taken from across Dalit communities in Bangladesh.

Caste and occupation based discrimination remains one of the most severe and forgotten human rights abuses of the twenty-first century. Many groups who face this type of discrimination are identified as untouchables and have taken on the identity of Dalits. Dalits in Bangladesh face various forms of discrimination and challenges due to their social status. The majority of Dalit communities live in poverty, receive poor wages, experience segregation in various forms, including rigid occupations, have less access to basic amenities and have low levels of education and literacy. These communities live around us but often we do not recognize their existence.

H.E. Pierre Mayaudon, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh graced the occasion as chief guest while Moni Rani Das, President, Dalit Women’s Federation and Mr Shakeb Nabi, Country Director, Christian Aid Bangladesh were also attended the inaugural ceremony as the special guests.

World renowned photojournalist GMB Akash received more than 100 international awards. His work has been published in 100 major international publicationsHis exhibition has been held in most of the world’s prestigious museums and galleries.

Christian Aid works with people of all faiths and nationalities in 45 countries across the world to provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes and also in the wake of disasters and conflict. Christian Aid works to promote human rights of marginalized groups and the attainment of the SDG commitments. Currently, Christian Aid along with partners have a series of programmes on Dalit human rights which addresses the compound layers of discrimination.

The exhibition will be open to all till 29 April 2017. Visiting Hours: Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday (9 am to 12 noon and 5 pm to 8 pm). Closed on Sunday.



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