Minister attends ceremony of Int’l Day of transgenders visibility


Lahore: Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine said that the Punjab government has not only formulated economic, social and humanitarian assistance programs for the eunuch community under the policy guidelines but has also taken numerous steps to make them useful citizens of the society by providing skills and financial assistance. He said that the Punjab government was taking steps for the registration of eunso that their place in the society could be brought to the level of equality of all citizens while for the first time in the history of Pakistan the Punjab government was ensuring various measures for eunuchs. He expressed these views while attending a consultation session. Organized by NCHR in collaboration with SAP-PAK on the evek of international transgenders day at Al.Hamra Hall on Thursday. Executive director SAP M. Tehseen delivered welcome note while program manager SAP Sharjeel Ahmed briefed all the participants about history and significance of transgenders day of visibility. Trans activist Mehtab talked about transgenders person ( protection of rights ) Act, 2018. A pannel discussion was also held in which Transgender rights activists, representative of Government institutions, legislators, NGOs, CSOs and HODs. Secretary Huma Rights Nadeem-ur-Rehma briefed about measure taken by the department regarding registration with NADRA, comprehensive law for inclusion in cases of violence against eunuchs as victims, inheritance rights of eunuchs. The provincial minister informed the participants that bill on the protection of the eunuch community has been into final stages while it was hoped that the eunuch community will be able to address these issues by promoting purposeful discussions on social, cultural and economic issues. He also appreciated the efforts of South Asia Partnership Pakistan. Other speakers emphasized that the government and social development organizations have a responsibility to work together for the dignified general acceptance of eunuchs in the society and for social encouragement. Representative of SAP Gul Maher in her speech said that due to social pressure and fear, registration of community was not being done properly. eunuchs are forced to hide their true gender identity and are unable to avail the benefits of various schemes introduced by the government. At the end of the ceremony shields were distributed among the participants. On the occasion representative of department Law, Health, women development, local Govt, SED, CEC, ombudsman, social welfare and HR were present.