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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

DDF Lahore: Educational Constrains of Transgender Community

Apr 14

9:00AM to 4:30PM

Savoey Hotel, Lahore

Transgender
acquire least gender position after women in the country. Since decades their
existence has not been recognized. They have no privileges of being citizens
like other common people.?? Currently,
the government of Pakistan has recognized their status and given them the right
to identify themselves as third gender by adding a category on the National
Identity Cards. It is a step forward, but not enough, Transgender are
stigmatized with ?bad character? people, who are associated with sex, dancing
and begging.? Therefore, their families
and the society do not accept them and the common people lack awareness about
the rights of TG.

Moreover,
they have to face a lot of issues to get admission in schools and colleges because
our society does not accept them as its part while category for TG is missing
in the admission forms.. Even, if they get admission, they have to face lot of
problems because TGs are excluded and face bullying and verbal harassment by
students and teachers at the university, which shatter their confidence and self-esteem
and is one of the reasons for high dropout of TGs. And they cannot continue
their education due to such discriminatory attitudes. A majority of transgender
in Pakistan is, therefore, illiterate and in involved in sex business, begging,
and dancing (few of them are skilled labour) in order to earn money.

There
is a dire need to educate people about transgender issues and their rights in order
to create a friendly environment for TG in the schools and the society. There
is also a need to address the issue at national level and implement the law
regarding third category so that they may easily get admission without any
discrimination. There must be policies and laws on zero discrimination against TGs
on the basis of their gender orientation. If students, teachers or public
violate the laws, they should be punished.

For
Cooperative Action Plan, the committee has decided to continue work on the
issue and made suggestions, which came forward during the dialogue forum. The
participants of the forum nominated themselves on the voluntarily basis to
continue the work.? The committee formed
is a mix of representative from transgender community, students from Gender
Studies department of the Punjab University, one trained youth and NGO
representatives. The committee will later collaborate with the stakeholders for
future dialogue and will design further activities accordingly.

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