Manager   •   about 2 years ago

Illiteracy among the transgender community of Pakistan

"According to a United Nations AIDS survey, 42 per cent of the transgender people in Pakistan are illiterate. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Punjab, 30 per cent of the trans- people have finished primary school and 23 per cent secondary school; about 7 per cent have been to a college. 40 per cent of transgender people have had no access to education.One reason for a low literacy rate among the transgender community, is that many most of them leave school due to the humiliation and harassment by their peers.
The transgender community is socially excluded by the Pakistani society where they experience high levels of physical abuse and face discriminatory behavior in daily life. Such attitudes make them vulnerable for risky behaviors; forcing them to become commercial sex workers, begging, drugs use and even suicidal ideation."


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