ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Education of Transgender Community in Punjab: Heading the Unheeded


  1. Dr. Muqaddas Butt
    Assistant Professor, Division of Education, University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Dr. Humaira Irfan
    Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Miss Mehnaz
    Research Scholar, Division of Education, University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


This study was conducted in Punjab (Pakistan) with an aim to explore the initiatives taken regarding the education (basic/technical/vocational/primary/secondary education) of transgender community. To investigate the research problem, semi structured interviews of the two governmental and nongovernmental officials promoting transgender education in Punjab and focus group interviews of five transgender individuals enrolled as students were conducted. The results show that there were limited educational opportunities offered and educational institutions (both in government and private sector) established to promote the education of transgender in Punjab. Regardless of large population of transgender community in Punjab, only a small percentage of transgender had access to education and the rest was found struggling for earning by adopting professions such as begging and dancing. Regardless of the laws made by the government in favor of transgender community, the transgender faced societal stigmatization which results into less job opportunities for them in the market. The study suggests that more initiatives need to be taken to promote transgender education and serious efforts are needed to be made to address the implementation gap of the policies and plans concerning the transgender community.

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Education, Initiatives, Transgender


Article # 2
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

DOI info

DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)02
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