Transgender in Pakistan basically reflects a group of people who enjoys the least amount of respect or rights. Due to controversial nature and typical mindset of people, the subject of transgender rights in Pakistan is not even discussed in sophisticated circles. Da Hawwa Lur implemented a project of “Eliminating Sexual Harassment through Empowering Transgender in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” by the support of the USAID Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance Project in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The purpose of the project was to empower Tran’s genders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through awareness about the laws affecting Tran’s genders and connecting them with the key stakeholders. Da Hawwa Lur implemented this project with Key Stakeholders including District Government Departments, Civil Society Organizations, Media, Community based Organizations, Educational Institutions, Youth Networks and Political Representatives.
Da Hawwa Lur conducted a series of 5 training workshops comprising of two days each covering the Right to Information Act, Right to Services Act, Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 and basic fundamental rights under constitution of Pakistan with the full participation of transgender and relevant stake holders.
“Sexual Harassment remained a big hurdle towards the social, political and economic empowerment of transgender in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but after getting to know about the anti-sexual harassment legislation aiming to counter work/public place harassment, I feel safe and empowered as a fearless strong human being”
Zara (A Transgender-participant of the training)
The project contributed to the ultimate goal of bringing the issues of transgender community to the forefront and training them about the legislations which can help them empower politically, socially and economically.
A Tran’s gender Sobia, a participant of the training was enrolled for higher education at Allama Iqbal Open University, Peshawar Campus by Da Hawwa Lur.