Vocational training centre established for transgender community
A social activist Anusha Tahir Butt, has started the provision of vocational training to transgender community, in Lahore.
Anusha Tahir established the vocational institute at her own house.
“For me, it is a dream come true. So far 10 to 15 transgender people have learned sewing and embroidery, while others are also learning the skills. Apart from getting religious education, they are also taught how to make decorative pieces.” said Anusha. (as quoted by The Express Tribune)
“The main issue persists in the form of acceptance from the society and on the educational credentials of these people, only male or female is mentioned in the gender column,” she added.
For a transgender person Bali Jetty, learning the art of embroidery brought changes in the stereotypical roles assigned towards transgenders.
Moreover, the Ehsas program was established to facilitate the transgender community. However, a survey was conducted by President Good Thinkers Organisation of Pakistan, Waqas Abid, taken responses from 353 trans people of different cities of Punjab including Lahore.
The results of the survey revealed that 97 per cent of the members stated they didn’t receive any facility.
57% of the trans people complained about medical facilities and 26% have face discrimination at public places, for which 52% said they refrain themselves from going fearing the prejudice and discrimination against their community.