ISLAMABAD: Eid relief packages has been launched by Ministry of Human Rights for transgenders affected by Covid-19, these packages of eid relief has been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and United Nation Population Fund.
The beneficiaries were identified through a preliminary socio-economic rapid need assessment for Covid-19 to cater to the most vulnerable transgender persons, led and driven by the transgender community.
Ministry and UNDP had asked civil society partners who were also members of the Ministry of Human Rights National Implementation Committee and focal persons in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to conduct the assessment.
120 ration bags will be distributed to the transgender persons. The remaining individual relief packages were handed over to focal persons for distribution to deserving members of the population.
United Nations Development Program Consultant Nayyab Ali has coordinated the assessment while Aisha Mughal from the Ministry of Human Rights along with the relevant United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund team members were overseeing the process.
Police sensitization sessions and consultations have also been conducted to finalize guidelines for police engagement with transgender persons in the Islamabad Capital Territory, “These are critical steps towards the realization of equal rights for the transgender community in Pakistan.”
Shireen Mazari said the PTI government was trying its best to ensure that transgender persons were recognized as equal citizens of the state.
“The transgender community in Pakistan, one of the most marginalized sections of the country – has continued to raise concerns regarding economic impact ever since the lock-down was announced. Targeted interventions to alleviate the plight of these persons are necessary.”