Breaking barriers: 3 transgender persons hired by Sindh government

Published: January 30, 2014
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PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

KARACHI: For the first time, the Sindh government has hired three transgender persons as full-time employees, Express News reported.

The three newly-hired employees, all of whom have bachelors degrees, will be working in the Women Development Department.

This latest move comes on the back of incremental progress in the rights and status of Pakistan’s significant transgender community.

This time last year, the transgender community was officially recognised on voting lists and issued Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs).

Later in April last year, they began participating in the national elections for the first time, as both candidates and voters.

In Pakistan, there are an estimated 500,000 “eunuchs” – a community of castrated men, hermaphrodites, transsexuals and transvestites.

In 2009, when the Supreme Court had recognised them as a “third gender”, ordering they be issued with separate identity cards, it was hailed as a landmark decision in a nation battling enormous human rights abuses and chronic violence.

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  • ali
    Jan 30, 2014 - 3:36PM

    Good work done by Bilawal Bhutoo Zardari.

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  • Maryam
    Jan 30, 2014 - 5:14PM

    I am happy, thank you to all those involved in making this possible.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 30, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Good move. The discrimination must end throughout Pakistan.

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  • asif
    Jan 30, 2014 - 5:54PM

    good move by sindh gov, Punjab and KP as well should follow the suit

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  • Mudassar
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:13PM

    Apparently, PPP set the platform for Bilawal to be the next PM of Pakistan.

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  • Saif
    Jan 30, 2014 - 7:10PM

    ET is increasingly becoming a mouth piece for fringe issues and is putting itself at risk of making itself irrelevant.
    Sensationalism loses it’s appeal very quickly.
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  • Jan 30, 2014 - 7:43PM

    The real victory would be when they are not deprived from their basic human right, which is to be accepted as by their own families like any other child and not casted away, left on streets to rot and die.Recommend

  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:36PM

    @Mudassar:Well said Mudassar Recommend

  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:39PM

    Very good step.Well done PPP. Other provinces too must follow suit and more transgenders be hired and employed.Recommend

  • Hanif Shah
    Jan 31, 2014 - 11:17AM

    We badly need some good publicity, and this certainly is one. Good job Sindh Government.

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  • Hanif khayal
    Jan 31, 2014 - 8:17PM

    This is one of the best step,which this government has taken,surely in the right direction,they are humans, equally deserve to have right, respect and protection like any other person, a laudablle and commendable initiative to recognize and acknowledge this humans spices ,long time neglected,suppressed ,oppressed and disrespected.

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  • ahsan
    Feb 2, 2014 - 11:45AM

    They should also be allowed in the army/security agencies as in the medieval Islamic period where they used to make excellent palace guards and generals (like the famous Malik Kafoor). They must be allowed dignity and livelihood.

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