Trans-women in Pakistan are being systemically left out of the mainstream social setup. They have little to no access to healthcare and and minimal knowledge and awareness about their basic rights as citizens of the country. VISION will work with the trans-women community in Islamabad, Pakistan, to create awareness around their rights and legal recourses that will empower them to carve their space in society and advocate for themselves.
Trans-women in Pakistan are being systemically left out of the mainstream social setup and have no agency. They have little to no access to healthcare and general wellbeing or knowledge and awareness on their basic rights as citizens of the country. Gender based violence and partner violence is a common occurrence in their lives and without the awareness or self-permitted agency trans-women are unable to access legal recourse and justice.
VISION will empower trans-women to understand their rights and advocate for themselves while identifying health support systems that can be connected with trans-women when needed. We will work with young trans-women to understand the anger and violence to design a theater script for purposes of conducting street awareness performances. Trainings to understand their rights and legal recourse, in addition to a training of trainers, will be conducted to develop the capacities of trans-women.
VISION has been successful in organizing groups to advocate for their rights and legal reform. By engaging trans-women, a subset of the transgender community that is most marginalized in Pakistan, we will identify their core needs and build or strengthen the systems that support them as citizens of Pakistan. Once they understand their rights and have access to services, we will transfer the ownership of the project over to the community and be their support system as they move ahead.