More than 5,500 transgender Pakistanis have already applied for the Naya Pakistan Housing assistance program according to reports. But this is just the tip of the iceberg and time is running out. You must apply by December 15, 2019.
According to the data issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), over 1.9 million people have submitted for Naya Pakistan Housing Program. The Nation reports of those 5,500 are transgender people.
Thrown out, Burned Out the need for safe homes has never been greater for Pakistan’s trans community.
Widows, orphans, transgender people, martyrs’ families and people living in war-against-terror hit areas would be given priority under the house financing scheme according to The Gulf News..
The need is great!
The 2017 census pegged the number of transgender people in Pakistan around 10,000 but advocates say the number is much higher. The census identified transgender people according to their national identity cards, not accounting for those whose cards do not disclose their transgender status in order to avoid harrasment, homelessness, job discrimination and death.
Mona Ali, who is a leader of a Lahore-based transgender rights group known as the Khawaja Sira Society, estimates there are 400,000 to 500,000 transgender people in the Punjab province alone. Bindya Rana, leader of the Karachi-based transgender rights group Jiya, estimates that there are 300,000 transgender people across Pakistan.
There have been many attacks targeting transgender activists in Pakistan, particularly in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, where the advocacy group Trans Action Pakistan estimates there are upwards of 500,000 transgender people living, many in dire need of housing,
Aljazeera reported that there were 479 attacks against transgender women in Khyber-Pakhunkhwa province in 2018. At least four transgender women were killed there in 2018, and at least 57 have been killed there since 2015. On May 4, the fatal shooting of Muni, a transgender woman in Mansehra district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, attracted national attention.
It remains to be seen what impact the Naya Pakistan programs will have, but at least the Pakistani government acknowledges that trans people exist and are trying to help.