- The organizing committee, including influential figures such as Dr. Sara Gill, Hina Pathani, Nisha Rao, Bebo Haider, and Kami Sid, orchestrates the event.
- Showcase of talents through clothing and jewellery stalls underscores the need to address social discrimination and secure equal opportunities.
- Vibrant procession confronts societal apathy, using serious and humorous placards, creating a powerful platform for the transgender community to demand equal rights and recognition.
In a recent initiative spearheaded by the transgender community in Pakistan, a rally and festival were organized at the Arts Council. The event, aptly named the “Hijra Festival,” was orchestrated by a dedicated organizing committee, including influential figures such as Dr. Sara Gill, Hina Pathani, Nisha Rao, Bebo Haider, and Kami Sid. This gathering was a significant stride towards advocating for immediate rights and employment opportunities for the transgender community.
Originating from various regions across the country, transgender individuals participated in a march from the Karachi Press Club to Fawara Chowk, converging at the Arts Council. The event showcased their talents through clothing and jewelry stalls, underscoring the need to address social discrimination and secure equal opportunities for the transgender community.
Armed with placards bearing messages like “Hejray tau jaag rahe hain/Sau tau ye muashra gaya hai” (The transgender community is awake/But society has fallen asleep), participants highlighted the crucial aspects of “existence, resistance, and resilience.” The procession, characterized by its vibrancy, aimed to confront societal apathy. Placards conveyed both serious and humorous messages, ranging from poignant statements like “Looking wow!” to affirmations like “Proud of our existence.”
This festival served as a potent platform for the transgender community to vocalize their demands for equal rights and recognition.