Acceptance of transgender people always remained a disputatious topic in a country like Pakistan. Where not only citizens are deprived of basic human rights, but also suffer from insecurity. Pakistan is one of those third world countries where transgender people are usually limited to selected occupations e.g. dancing at functions, begging and prostitution.
Even if some of them does not want to do that usual business and want to work like other fellow citizens, they don’t only face discriminatory attitude, but humiliation and rudeness as well. They have limited choices to earn their bread and butter and are bound to live in poverty.
Transgender people always remained the victim or stereotype people. Singh Govt. announced to give them jobs, but there is a very small number of literate transgender in Pakistan who can actually do office work.
They are not offered meaningful jobs and in this both public and private sector organizations feel hesitation.
Rawalpindi campus of National College of Arts (NCA) has taken an initiative to hire several transgender people and change their lives in a respectable way.
The Express Tribune reported that NCA Director Dr. Nadeem Omar Tarar told, the motivation behind the initiative was to create opportunities for transgender people in a safe work environment.
Though questions were initially raised about how the campus would receive transgender staffers — if they would be accepted by students and staff or harassed as usual — Tarar says the students and staff have accepted the new recruits.
“[Students and teachers] were shocked at first, and there were certain inhibitions on how they would adjust and address [transgender staffers],” Tarar said.
“But the gender confusion gradually passed, and Bubbly, who works at the canteen, is now very popular among students. Some call her aunty or baji (older sister), and the whole campus has accepted them for who they are,” he said.
Bubbly who runs an NGO named Wajood along an M. Phill student UsmanMughal, told that her main motivation was to provide some 46 transgender people — for whom she is a guru — with respectable job opportunities.
“We had already been running a catering business as well,” she added.
Dr. Tarrar set an example for other institutes as well. If these kids growing in such an environment where transgender people are not socially isolated, they’ll surely change the stereotype mindset of society.
The conclusion from this would gradually happen to be a life changer and transgender people will get meaningful and respectable jobs in our society.
The progress of a country lies in the development of mindsets. Killing the orthodox and stereotypical thoughts and bearing the fact that everyone living around us have same and equal value for life what we enjoy, is the real key to success.