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PR No.105
MINISTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DR. SHIREEN MAZARI INAUGURATES THE FIRST TRANSGENDER PROTECTION CENTRE IN ISLAMABAD
Islamabad: October 13, 2021

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari inaugurated the first Transgender Protection Centre of Pakistan in H-9/4 Islamabad. While addressing the audience at the event Dr. Shireen Mazari highlighted that Transgender Protection Centre will be established in other cities of Pakistan to mainstream the transgender community of Pakistan and ensure their rights. She further emphasized that transgender community should be provided same employment and health rights as other citizens of Pakistan are granted. She also stressed that PTI government included transgender community in Ehsaas Program and health card initiatives with the aim to provide them opportunities for their development. Dr. Mazari also mentioned that transgender Protection Centre will provide legal aid, basic health facilities, psychological counselling and temporary shelter as well. Ministry of Human Rights has taken various initiatives for effective implementation of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 with the aim to ensure the protection, rehabilitation and fundamental rights of transgender persons as guaranteed by the Constitution in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 to all of its citizen. Under Section-6(a) of Transgender Protection Act, the Ministry of Human Rights has established a Transgender Protection Centre with a total cost of 35.8 million. It will protect and rehabilitate the transgender persons in need. The Centre also provides rehabilitation, legal and medical, psychological care facilities and referral services to transgender persons. It will also help to generate awareness among general masses and the relevant stake holders. The event was also attended by the Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights Mr. Lal Chand, Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights Mr. Inaam ullah , officials of Ministry of Human Rights, and transgender activists and representatives from their community and media persons.

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