PESHAWAR: A total of 32 moharars of different police stations in Peshawar participated in the sensitization session on the protection of transgender community rights held here in Police line on Thursday.
The training was arranged by blue Veins and transaction, an organization for transgender rights protection. The officials believe that though the KP government has passed the transgender rights protection Act 2018, however, the police personnel have very little awareness about it.
The purpose of the training is to sensitize the police officials about the Act and rights of transgender persons. The training session also aimed to educate police officers about transgender rights and issues and the concerns of the transgender community in Peshawar, in order to improve police conduct, services, and protection of the gender-variant community.
Transgender person Farzana Jan, who is President of Trans Action said that they are facing human rights violations and though the legal protection was provided by the government in the form of law, however, it is a ‘battle half win’. “We must also engage with the police and sensitize them about the issues we are facing and how police to can protect transgender rights as per the law,” said Farzana Jan.
Nayab Ali, another Transgender Rights Activists that there is need to focus on raising awareness of the issues concerning transgender people in KP and cultivate a supportive, empowering and non-judgmental environment for them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SSP Coordination Waseem Khan said the goal of the sensitization sessions is to explore the issues, stigma and challenges transgender community face while accessing to police stations. He added it also aims to ensure that police personnel have a clear understanding of their responsibilities when they engage with transgender persons.
Qamar Naseem, Transgender rights activist said that when members from the transgender community speak out and share their unique experiences and personal challenges, they spread awareness of the intolerance faced by them, spark more open dialogue, and serve as support systems and source of healing for those impacted by incidents of hate.