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NCSW Statement on Transgender Quota

Oct 18, 2017

ISLAMABAD, October 18, 2017: National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) welcomes Establishment Division’s move to take forward the case of separate quota for transgender in federal government jobs. The Establishment Division, on October 17, recommended the cabinet to allocate a separate quota in the federal government jobs for transgender persons.

Being part of the movement for rights of transgender persons, NCSW believes that the step would contribute in the empowerment and inclusion of transgender person in the main stream society. The decision also reflects the increasing level of realization about the rights of transgender person at the policy level.

NCSW believes that transgender people are one of the most marginalized communities in the country, and face social exclusion, discrimination, lack of education and facilities and unemployment.

NCSW has always been a staunch supporter of equal rights for transgender persons as citizens of the country. The Commission also participated in the deliberations of the task force constituted by the Senate in the Federal Ombudsperson office to prepare two bills for transgender rights including Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2017 and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Criminal Law Amendment Act 2017. NCSW expects that proposed bills be approved soon by the Parliament so that the community can have legal protection of their rights that has been violated for long.

Khawar Mumtaz
National Commission on the Status of Women

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