Trigger warnings: Mentions of transphobia and visuals of islamophobic violence
It’s vital to realise that the narrative of gender-based discrimination in science, technology, engineering, medicine and allied disciplines has been limited to cis-women in science. This post is part of a series of posts (we call this the ‘transgender persons in science mini-series’) that hopes to dismantle the invisibilisation that transgender persons in science go through. This mini-series started last year as a part of season 5 of TheLifeofScience.com
The fourth piece in the series (and the third comix) features Aqsa Shaikh, a muslim transgender woman, and a community-medicine researcher and professor. The conversation between Aqsa Shaikh and TheLifeofScience.com’s Sayantan Datta is brought to life by Rox’ illustrations.
- A talk given by Aqsa on her life: “आज मैं बधाई देने नहीं आई हूं” | Story Of A Transgender | Dr. Aqsa Shaikh | Josh Talks Hindi
- Introductory reading on Community Medicine and its importance in India: https://www.ijmedph.org/sites/default/files/IntJMedPublicHealth_2014_4_1_29_127119.pdf
- Wikipedia page on “Nothing about us, without us”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_About_Us_Without_Us
Note: A transcript of this comix is available here.
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