Opening Doors to Transgender Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Transgender individuals in Pakistan face significant dangers to their lives and well-being due to social discrimination, lack of employment opportunities, and exposure to health risks. Despite the enactment of the Transgender Persons Protection Act in 2018, incidents of violence, including murders and sexual assaults, continue to plague the transgender community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and beyond. Furthermore, the absence of social acceptance leaves them with limited livelihood options, primarily relying on dancing, begging, and prostitution, which not only endanger their lives but also expose them to various health risks, with a substantial number being HIV positive.

This project aims to address these pressing issues by providing transgender individuals with digital skills training, enabling them to pursue online freelancing opportunities, gain financial independence, and ultimately reduce their vulnerability to violence and health risks.

Key objectives of the project are:

 – To empower transgender persons in Pakistan, particularly in KP, with digital skills in web designing, video editing, graphic designing, and online freelancing.

 – To create a sustainable model of skill transfer by training transgender individuals who will, in turn, train others in their communities, creating a ripple effect of empowerment

 – To reduce health and life risks associated with traditional livelihoods by facilitating safer and more financially stable employment opportunities