The first transgender protection facility in Pakistan has opened, and the government promises that there will be more to come.
Mazari said the country must do more to safeguard the rights and opportunities of Pakistan’s transgender persons during the inauguration on Wednesday. The minister stated, “The transgender community should be given the same work and health rights as other Pakistani citizens.”
She stated that the new center in Islamabad would provide legal assistance, basic health services, psychiatric counseling, and temporary housing for the community’s most vulnerable members.
According to Mazari, the transgender community has been included in Pakistan’s poverty alleviation and healthcare activities, and she hopes that this project would provide new chances.
The new center will also engage in community-wide activities to raise awareness of transgender individuals and their predicament in Pakistan. Mazari promised that more centers would be opened across the country, similar to the one in the capital.
In Pakistan’s notoriously strict society, transgender persons are frequently considered misfits. With the ratification of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act in 2018, the government attempted to respond by passing a law legally recognizing transgender individuals.
The government built its first school for transgender kids in Multan, Punjab province, in July 2021.
Last year, a gunman ambushed a group of transgender ladies as they went home from a wedding ceremony on the outskirts of Peshawar. One person died as a result of their injuries, while another was injured.
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