History was made on March 18, 2021, when Transgender woman Reem Sharif spoke at Pakistan’s Presidential Palace about the Rawalpindi police’ first of a kind transgender khidmat markaz. These 32 service centers allow trans and cisgender women unfettered access to the police processes which are constitutionally guaranteed to all citizens of Pakistan.
“A matter of pride for me to talk at Aiwan-e-Sadr, introducing #Tahafuz by Rawalpindi Police.” Said Reem Sharif. “A first-of-its-kind initiative of Rawalpindi City Police that is meaningfully addressing challenges and issues faced by Trans community. I am very thankful for the appreciation of attending notables and especially the President of Pakistan to acknowledge my services as VSO at Tahafuz,” said Sharif.
“Till we are able to accept transgender people as our equals, special facilities need to be established to ensure that their rights are met. Keeping this in mind, it seems as if the Rawalpindi police department has taken a step in the right direction.”
While the Black Lives Movement and anti-fascists forced the US to take notice of racial inequality the country of Pakistan undertook a national initiative to address these same issues peacefully.
Many of the help desks located inside of service stations like the one that Reem Sharif helps to facilitate in the Rawalpindi police station are staffed by both transgender and cisgender women, civilians working side by side for the good of society.