Bhubaneswar:22/7/19:India’s first transgender woman Cab Driver starts change.org petition asking for accessible public toilets; meets Bhubaneswar Municipal Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Srimanta Mishra
India’s first transgender woman cab driver Meghna Sahoo started a change.org petition asking for inclusive toilets
Meghna wants the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to become the first authority in the country to introduce transgender-friendly public toilets.
The Deputy Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), met Meghna Sahoo, in the city last week regarding her campaign asking the BMC to include transgender logos in all public toilets.
On Feb 11, 2019, Meghna started a petition on change.org asking the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to commit to including transgender logos in all public toilets in Bhubaneswar. Over 20,000 people have signed her petition on change.org.
Meghna has been a cab driver for 3 years now but her daily struggles as a transgender woman cab driver have been traumatising. She hasn’t been able to take long-distance rides because of lack of transgender-friendly toilets and has been cornered for trying to use women’s toilets.
While there is an exclusive toilet in Bhubaneswar exclusively for transgenders, Meghna felt that a single toilet at one location is not a sustainable or an enabling solution especially for people like her who may have a livelihood that demands travelling. Harrowed by her personal experience, she started her petition on change.org to have transgender logos put up outside the toilets for clear communication.
In her petition on change.org, Meghna says, “This lack of access to basic facilities truly hurts me as an individual and strips me of all dignity. I feel helpless and excluded. With a transgender logo, transmen and transwomen can access both segregated toilets as well as unisex toilets. This will not just help the transgender community, it will also sensitise people about the issue.”
Change.org is the world’s largest technology platform for social change. It allows people to start and support campaigns on issues that concern them. Change.org does not start petitions on its own. Over 1.7 crore people currently use Change.org in India.