Economic Conditions of Transgender Community in Pakistan: A Case for Establishing their Business Networks

Economic Conditions of Transgender Community in Pakistan: A Case for Establishing their Business Networks

Publication details

  • Friday | 10 Jun, 2022
  • Ahad Nazir, Abdullah Khalid, Sidra Tahir
  • Working Papers
  • 26
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Abstract Transgender persons are often stigmatized and suffer discrimination in our society. They are subjected to harassment and violence at large. This study aims to highlight the challenges being faced by the transcommunity and how they can be empowered economically so that they might earn a respectable livelihood and pursue their own businesses. It further aims to bridge the knowledge gap as to what is required and how does the community perceive in depth the challenges in their struggle to demand their right to identity, and how they can be accepted by the state and society as equal citizens. For this purpose, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted with potential entrepreneurs from the transgender community. The views expressed in this study indicate the ignorance of the society towards the trans-community in the provision of employment, business opportunities, education, and health benefits, resulting in limited means of livelihood. There is a need to implement Transgender Persons Act, 2018 in letter and spirit at the provincial and federal level.