According to the census 2017 the population of transgender are 10,418.Transgender individuals are a part of our society and have equal rights, just like everyone else. In other word, about 2 percent population of Pakistan is effected by transgender-ism. But in Pakistan it is not treated like another genders. We know that the 21 years old TV anchor Marvia Malik is a successfully candidate from the third gender community in our country, but unfortunately everyone is not aspirant like that because they haven’t a fundamental sources of life.
Mostly, the transgender earns livelihood by performing/ dancing/ singing in a family functions e.g. birthdays, marriage or child birth. Most of people do not considered them hijras (transgenders) by birth. They believe that they are either man behaving like women. I have often wondered why it is that generally there is hatred for ‘transgender’ in Pakistan. The term means different things to different people. At a very basic it means being born not knowing which gender you belong to.
As Pakistanis, we need to realize that this is not merely a war that these individuals have to fight they are human beings, just like us, and deserve as much of a right to education and these individuals have voices that are not heard by anyone. We need to be the voice that speaks on their behalf, fights for their rights and makes living for them less painful.