The transgender community of Pakistan has suffered over the years. The country is finally taking their needs into account and taking steps one at a time to develop schools, protection centers, and madrassah’s for them in different provinces. For years, the community didn’t even have a National Identity Card. Now changes have been made, and they are finally receiving much-needed attention.
Following are 5 pioneering initiatives taken by Pakistan to support the transgender community in 2021:
1 – Ehsaas Punjab Masawaat Programme: Specially-abled Transgender were Paid Stipend by the Punjab Government
Former special assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Firdous Ashiq Awan, announced in May of 2021 that a monthly stipend of Rs2,000 for specially-abled transgender people between the ages of 18 and 40, while other transgender people above the age of 40 were given Rs3,000 per month.
2 – First Transgender Protection Centre opens in Islamabad
Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari, in October of 2021, inaugurated the country’s first Transgender Protection Centre in Islamabad. On occasion, the human rights minister stated that the PTI government also plans to include the transgender population in the Ehsaas Program and will provide them with Health Cards.
3 -NADRA Launches Registration Campaign for Transgender Persons Across the Country
National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) launched a drive for transgender persons in December of 2021. Special measures were taken to reach out to the marginalized segment of society, transgender communities, and persons on International Human Rights Day. The campaign called “Trans-Rights are Human Rights” aims to increase the registration of transgender persons from the marginalized community and create awareness across the country.
4 – First-Ever Pakistani Public School for Transgender People Opens in Multan
Transgender people from Multan attended their first class at a school in the Gulgasht area on July 8th, 2021. The school is a pilot project and is established under “Transeducation”.The Punjab government inaugurated the building. It is located in the Government Girls Comprehensive Higher Secondary School. According to South Punjab Education Secretary Dr. Ehtesham Anwar, up till now, 18 trans students have been registered in the school in its first phase.
5 – Pakistan’s First Madrassah for Transgender was Set up in Pakistan in Islamabad
A transwoman who her family disowned at the age of 13, Rani Khan established Pakistan’s first transgender-only madrassah with her life savings in the capital city this year in March. The government has promised to provide students from the Madrassah jobs to earn a decent living. Some donations were also made to the Madrassah too.
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Aisha Mughal becomes the first transgender women lecturer in Pakistan. She is highly qualified, and so she became a lecturer at the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Mughal has completed her high school education in Oman and moved back to Pakistan. Here, she completed her BBA and her Master’s degree from COMSATS university. Today, she is recognized by many titles listed on her Twitter profile, including Activist, Researcher, and Educational Trainer.
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