Meet Reem Sharif, Pakistan’s first trans police officer

Ever since taking on the job, Reem has helped protect 16 members of the trans community in Punjab


KARACHI: Pakistan’s first trans police officer Reem Sharif has helped protect 16 trans people in Punjab since the two months she’s been working as a trans victim support officer, reported the Thomson Reuters Foundation

According to the foundation, the 2017 census states that Pakistan has 10,418 trans people: however, charities working for trans rights put the figure closer to 500,000.

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The Trans community of Pakistan is slowly making legal gains, but are largely still discriminated against, making it hard for them to find jobs, education and healthcare. Many are still shunned by their families and ostracised by society.

Reem works at the Tahafuz centre, which is a pilot project of the Rawalpindi police formed to protect transgender people. It became functional on may 12. 

 

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