A PAKISTANI province has allocated nearly $2 million (£1.4m) for transgenders after a series of violent at- tacks, with officials saying the money will be used to provide training and support for the vulnerable community.
The funds were announced last week in budget plans for Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
“The main purpose is to make them contributory members of the society while earning a livelihood for themselves,” provincial finance minister Muzaffar Sayed said last Wednesday (15).
Sayed said 200 mil- lion rupees ($2 mil- lion) has been allocated “for the capacity building and skill development of the vulnerable groups”.
The move came after a spate of attacks against transgenders in the province, culminating in last month’s killing of an activist known as Aleshain Peshawar.
Hundreds of transgenders later rallied in Peshawar and demanded protection.
“At least 45 trans- genders have been killed in two years,” said Farzana Jan, president of the “Shemale” association in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.