Friday, May 24, 2024

ICT Administration Establishes Islamic Centre for Transgender Community

The administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has established an Islamic Center for the Transgender Community in the City. Monetary assistance and employment will also be provided to the community with the support of the private sector.

The aim of the initiative is to mitigate and encourage this disadvantaged segment of society by enabling them to cope with their everyday challenges.

One of the attendees of the Center’s Inauguration Ceremony was Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat.

He declared the availability of jobs for double MA degree holders while addressing the ceremony, and distributed blankets, quilts, and rations among the community members. He also guided the community members who are graduates to apply their documentation for job placements to the ICT administration.

In Pakistan, transgender people face various difficulties that range from being stigmatized to being discriminated against and ostracized by general society. Most of them are deserted by their families and cohabitate in shared houses, in addition to being frequently deprived of education and basic facilities.

Most of them are forced to participate in inappropriate practices, such as being sex slaves, dancers and beggars due to their helplessness and physical and mental violence.

The 2018 Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act was passed by Parliament to safeguard the transgender community’s rights including inheritance, education, jobs, voting, holding public office, health, and access to public spaces and land.

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