Easing the Pain of the Transgender Community in Pakistan

In his article regarding the treatment of transgender people in Pakistan, Izhar Ullah begins with a story of a transgender person by the name of Mussarat who fled their home to escape the harassment they faced from their family and neighbors. They now live in a transgender community within but largely apart from the rest of society.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated story in Pakistan’s transgender community. The public harshly mistreats Transgender people in Pakistan and, until very recently, they had no legal protection, as they were not recognized as citizens. It is widely believed by Pakistani employers that transgender people do not possess the skills necessary to work, so these people are reduced to extreme poverty.

The people featured in Ullah’s article had accepted the abuse they face as a fact of their lives, and have little hope that it will change. Could globalization help to ease the pain that these people experience on a daily basis? It is undeniable that all corners of the world are being influenced by each other with the integration of new technologies. Perhaps the integration of other, more widely accepting values, into Pakistani beliefs might ease the pain of their transgender community.