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Transgender Community amid Covid-19; the already isolated community in Quarantine

May 7

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Concept Note:
The isolation caused by pandemic that the entire world is getting suffocated with, might mean new thing for the society but there lives a community within the same society that is dealing with this isolation for almost forever. The transgender community of Pakistan is comprised of very significant members, not only in numbers but also with respect to their set of skills, who are as different from us as we are from each other. But the only way the society has left for them to get their bread and butter is by human interaction; whatever they do to earn starts from interaction with other people and it end on that. So therefore, it would not be an erroneous claim to make that transgender community the most affected segment from the Covid-19.

It is therefore responsibility of the government and the entire society to own the responsibility of Transgender community just as we do for other people in need. One of the many lessons that we might learn from the quarantine is that once all this ends, no one should remain in isolation. We all should be as free as we were born to be.

Discussion points/questions:
• How the pandemic has affected the Transgender community of Pakistan?
• What difference has the quarantine made to the already isolated faction of our society?
• Government initiatives for Transgender community?
• To what extend have the government relief funds provided relief to the Transgender community of Pakistan?
• What needs to be done for the Transgender community considering a total shutdown of the social activities?
• Does the quarantine period have a message for our society in terms of its behavior with the socially excluded people?
• Any thoughts on the recent tragedy happened to Transgender Nazish Ali from Hayatabaad?

Ms. Alishah, Consultant for Gender Minorities, UNDP, Islamabad
Ms. Khursand Bayar Ali, Project Manager at Saathi Foundation, Lahore
Ms. Shahana Abbas, Chairperson Transgender Empowerment Network, Punjab
Ms. Bubbly Malik, Head of Wajood Foundation (TBC)
Mr Faisal, Representing transgender community at Bait-ul-Mal, Islamabad
Dr. Shafqat Munir, Research Fellow/Director Resilient Development Programme at SDPI

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