In a first: Transgender woman represents Pakistan at UN

Published: February 17, 2020
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The government of Pakistan has become the first country in the world to include a legally recognised transgender woman, Aisha Mughal, in its delegation at the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee in Geneva.

The Pakistani delegation, led by the Ministry of Human Rights, also successfully completed the review of Pakistan’s 5th Periodic UN CEDAW Report.

Aisha also lauded the government for mainstreaming the transgender community of Pakistan.

Recently, members of the first-ever Pakistani Female Engagement Team (FET), deployed with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), were awarded the UN Medal at a ceremony last month in Adikivu in South Kivu, one of the provinces of the central African country.

Pakistani female army officers awarded UN Medal in Democratic Republic of Congo

This team of 15 female officers, who serve at the ranks of Major and Captain, was stationed there in June last year, marked by the raising of Pakistan’s flag at the mission.

The officers include psychologists, stress counsellors, vocational training officers, gender advisors, doctors, nurses, operations officers, information officers and logistics officers, according to a message received at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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