Chairperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW) Neelam Toru Monday said the upcoming KP domestic violence (Prevention and response) Bill 2017 will also address violence against transgender women. In a press release issued here she said that many transgender women have been subjected to abuse from a young age. They may have been rejected by their family for their gender identity and being subjected to emotional abuse because of who they are.
She said this baseline of discrimination and violence is something that can increase the risk of trauma later in life, adding that discrimination and oppression against transgender women often leads to homelessness and lack of family support. They are also disproportionately singled out for police violence as much as three times as often as the general population,” she said and added that it has been proposed to add transgender women in the proposed domestic violence bill because we don’t want anybody to be left behind and without any help.
Transgender women survivors of intimate partner violence face pervasive and unique barriers to support but know there is hope as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW).—APP