PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has proposed allocation of Rs50 million as endowment fund for the welfare of transgender community.

The proposal has been made for resolution of problems of transgender persons and providing them basic facilities like other citizens of the province which will be presented in the cabinet for approval soon.

This was shared at a provincial consultation organised jointly by KP Social Welfare Department, Women Parliamentary Caucus of KP Assembly and Blue Veins, a non-governmental organization (NGO), to develop consensus among stakeholders on draft transgender empowerment policy and provincial legislation on endowment fund for transgender persons.

“We are bringing KP provincial transgender protection policy, and transgender persons welfare endowment fund where initially Rs50 million will be allocated to the fund,” said Ayesha Bano, Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education.

Ayesha Bano said the provincial government stands in solidarity with the transgender community as equal citizens of Pakistan and every possible effort will be made to protect their rights and empowerment in the society.

Special Secretary Social Welfare Abid Kakakhel said the Social Welfare Department is committed to social justice and aims to support all transgender people, and in particular, those who are vulnerable or at risk of discrimination.

Asia Khattak, chairperson of the committee on transgender persons, said Women Parliamentary Caucus is working to bring comprehensive legislation to address key challenges faced by the transgender community in the province.

TransAction Alliance president Farzana Jan along with other activists said transgender persons are among the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society. They said the most vulnerable are also the most affected in times of crisis. They said these vulnerabilities have been amplified during the coronavirus pandemic, pushing transgender persons even further into the margins of society.

Superintendent of Police (City) Peshawar Shah Jehan said laws and policies are evolving and modernizing, and transgender people are increasingly becoming more visible and active members of our communities. He said police are committed to establishing relationship of trust and communication with transgender people.

Program Coordinator Blue Veins Qamar Naseem said legislative frameworks and guarantees have the potential to create safe environment for gender diverse, transgender persons allowing them access to facilities, activities, and programs that are consistent with their gender identity.

 

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