Peshawar (Web Desk) Thirteen members of the transgender community will be contesting elections on various seats across the country, the All Pakistan Transgender Election Network (Apten) announced at a press conference in Peshawar on Wednesday.
Apten, a rights group focusing on the invisibility of leaders from the transgender community, comprises TransAction KP, the Sindh Transgender Welfare Network, the Balochistan Alliance for Transgender and Intersex Community and the Punjab Transgender Foundation.
The group, led by TransAction KP President Farzana Jan presented a charter of demands calling for the removal of systemic barriers to entry of transgender people into politics, and for political parties to induct more members of the community into their ranks.
Apten urged political parties to look beyond catering to populations on the basis of existing gender binaries and demanding provision of security and an end to stereotyping of the community, among other demands from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), political parties, law enforcement agencies, media and civil society.
Remembered that in 2009, Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognise a third sex, allowing transgenders to obtain identity cards.