Sardara, a transgender designer with an undergraduate degree in textile design, has struggled to achieve the success she deserves due to discrimination from peers, society, and people in the field.
Throughout her studies, her peers mocked her for her gender identity, and today, she struggles to find job opportunities due to her gender.
Despite facing discrimination and a lack of resources, Sardara’s designs have been widely applauded in community circles. Unfortunately, she has not been able to achieve mainstream success, despite her talent and hard work.
Her story highlights the struggles that transgender individuals face in the workplace, where they are often denied opportunities and subjected to discriminatory behaviour.
In the wake of fellow designer Maria B’s recent transphobic comments, Sardara has a message for those who discriminate against the transgender community.
She points out that the transgender community has all the technical skills that others have, and that many have left professions like begging and dancing to take up formal job opportunities.
However, the increasing hate against the community makes it nearly impossible to earn a livelihood.
We reached out to Sardara and asked her a few questions in this regard, here’s what she had to say:
WOW360: How hard is it for trans individuals to be in the design industry?
Sardara: It is very difficult because we are not accepted by the community and industry management.
WOW360: Members of the Khawajasira community are often faced with many problems when looking for employment, how can the government help?
Sardara: Government should give more jobs for transgenders in private and government sectors, rules and laws need to be implemented and acted on.
WOW360: Despite having a degree in textile design, do you feel that your brand is not getting the publicity it deserves because of your identity?
Sardara: Yes, people target vulnerable people and communities and assumed negative things, which creates a larger and more negative impact on our lives and businesses.
WOW360: Trans rights are human rights, everyone deserves to live and be treated equally, yet many individuals from the trans community are often victims of unfair treatment and crimes, what are your thoughts?
Saradara: I believe that every person is equal and if you give love and respect to the transgender community, they can do everything too and live a normal life.
WOW360: Alina Khan was loved and recognized globally for her movie Joyland, do we need more movies and TV shows promoting members of the community to change society’s narrative?
Sardara: Just like Alina Khan, there are many talented individuals in the community, the media is looking for well-known faces, and the media should give a chance to those who don’t get it. I request the media to give a chance to everyone, even those who come second or third, to showcase their talents.
Countering Hate Against the Trans Community
Sardara challenges Maria B to pit her designs against hers and notes that if things were truly based on merit, community-based designers would be at the forefront of the design world.
This is a powerful message that highlights the need for greater inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. By promoting equality and opportunity for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or background, we can create a more just and equitable society.
It’s important to recognize that discrimination against transgender individuals is a pervasive issue that affects people from all walks of life.
From healthcare to housing to employment, transgender individuals face numerous barriers that prevent them from achieving their full potential. Sardara’s story serves as a reminder that we need to work together to address these issues and create a more inclusive society.
As a society, we must take steps to ensure that transgender individuals have equal opportunities to succeed in the workplace.
This includes implementing policies that protect against discrimination based on gender identity, providing training to managers and employees on transgender issues, and creating safe and inclusive work environments.
By taking these steps, we can promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dreams, regardless of their gender identity.
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