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Manipur’s Transgender model Bishesh Huirem all set to represent India at 2016 Miss International Queen

Bishesh Huirem from Imphal will be representing the country at Miss International Queen, 2016 at Pattaya in Thailand in November

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Sept 26, 2016: It is amazing how the society is changing for good. Transgenders in India have been the subject of mockery for centuries, but things are changing gradually. A few months back, India wholeheartedly accepted the teenage transgender Naina, a 16-year-old student who came out as gay and transgender.

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Now, Bishesh Huirem from Imphal will be representing the country at Miss International Queen, 2016 at Pattaya in Thailand in November. Miss International Queen is one of the most prestigious contests for transgender women from across the world. In this year’s contest 30 finalists have been selected who all would take the mantle from the former winner of the contest, Trixie Maristela, from the Philippines, reported HT.

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According to the leading news portal, Miss International Queen is one of the most prestigious contests for transgender women from across the world. In this year’s contest 30 finalists have been selected who all would take the mantle from the former winner of the contest, Trixie Maristela, from the Philippines.

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“I am not representing my state or region, but my country. Therefore, I will give my best and hopefully win the crown,” she told the media.

The 26-year-old is busy preparing for the contest, to be the best. Bishesh is a trained apparel designer who runs her own beauty salon in Imphal. Beauty contests aren’t anything new for her. Bishesh has been taking part in the contests since her school days, reported HT.

“I knew I was different when I was just 7-8 years old as I would feel uncomfortable going to a boys toilet. But it was difficult to convince my parents that I am a transgender,” she said.

“I promised to fulfill my parents dream by completing my studies. Once I did that, I chose to pursue my own goals.”

– prepared by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    Now that is how we break social barriers. Way to go! win it for us. we look up to u

  • Antara

    A great initiative to select Huirem as the representative!

  • Aakash Mandyal

    People are coming out of there fixed believe system and rigid thoughts who will let them and everyone grow. This is the way to the better society and better world. I wish good luck and success to Huirem who is representing the country at international level.

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Industry critics have accused the technology companies of discriminating again women.

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Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry’s scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.

Under the initiative announced Monday, female entrepreneurs and programmers will attend two-week tutorial sessions at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters.

The camps will be held every three months beginning in January. For each round, Apple will accept up to 20 app makers founded or led by a woman. The app maker must have at least one female programmer in its ranks to qualify. Apple will cover travel expenses for up to three workers from each accepted company.

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Like other major tech companies, Apple has been trying to lessen its dependence on men in high-paying programming jobs. Women filled just 23 percent of Apple’s technology jobs in 2017, according to the company’s latest breakdown. That’s only a slight improvement from 20 percent in 2014, despite the company’s pledge to diversify its workforce.

The idea behind the new camp is to keep women interested and immersed in the field, said Esther Hare, Apple’s senior director of world developer marketing.

It’s not clear how much of a dent Apple’s new program will have. Google also offers training for girls and women pursuing careers in technology, but its program hasn’t done much to diversify the workforce so far. Women were hired for nearly 25 percent of Google’s technology jobs in 2017, up from nearly 21 percent in 2014, according to the company.

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Apple and other technology companies maintain that one of the main reasons so many men are on their payrolls is because women traditionally haven’t specialized in the mathematical and science curriculum needed to program.

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But industry critics have accused the technology companies of discriminating again women through a male-dominated hierarchy that has ruled the industry for decades.

Apple isn’t saying how much it is spending on the initiative, though beyond travel expenses, the company will be relying on its current employees to lead the sessions. (VOA)