Transgenders inequality

Maryam Abbasi

We, as Pakistanis, have a profound sense of apathy for individuals that suffer from a Gender Identity Disorder (GID). These individuals have, perhaps, faced the severest form of discrimination from among all the minorities in Pakistan since ages. The state has solutions to offer but only on paper, as little has been done for the rights of people who are transgender in Pakistan.
They have no jobs to fulfil their needs. Some of them are educated and have graduate degrees. Despite having academic achievements, they have been unable to get a job. And if anyone of them managed to have a job, they are forced to leave the job because they are considered misfit.
The Supreme Court ruling in 2011 has given transgender people the right to vote and to attain a National Identity Card (NIC) of their own, a right that had been denied to them for the past 64 years. However, this is only a small fraction of what is essentially needed in our society at the moment. As Pakistanis, we need to realise that this is not merely a war that these individuals have to fight for themselves; they are human beings, just like us, and deserve as much of a right to education and job openings as each one of us.
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