PAKISTAN — (07-09-21) — Pakistan turned heads this week when it opened its first government-funded school for transgenders who are routinely bullied out of mainstream education in the conservative country. The country’s Khawaja Sira community (Khawaja Sira, the equivalent of transgender in the Urdu language), dates back hundreds of years and are treated as a third sex in South Asia.

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Transgenders in Pakistan are ostracized by their families and shunned by society,  forcing them to earn a living through dancing, begging or prostitution.

Education minister Murad Raas for Punjab province where the school is based, vowed to provide “education for everyone” as he announced the opening of the school this week in the central city of Multan.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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